8 ways to celebrate special events during the pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic comes with lots of change to our daily lives. This means some of the things we normally recognize this time of year may have been rescheduled, cancelled or changed. But this doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate them together!

We’re currently practising physical distancing to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. With this, we may not be able to physically attend Pride festivities, graduations, birthdays, powwows, holidays or anything else we usually celebrate in person.

It’s comforting to know there are still things you can do to acknowledge the meaning behind the occasions that are important to you. Here are some ways you can mark traditions and celebrate special events while physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • decorate your social media profile with a relevant design (e.g. by using a rainbow filter for Pride, etc.)
  • host/join a virtual gathering (e.g. a party, video chat, ceremony, etc.) to observe the event with others in your network
    • you could create/share or download a digital background that makes you feel like you’re at the event, like a restaurant, a school gym, the outdoors or another space
  • find a creative way to spread awareness of the event and display/share it where others can find it (e.g. sing a song, write a poem, create art, make a sign/poster for your window or lawn, produce a video, tell a story, etc.)
  • start an online fundraiser for a person/cause/event/etc. you’re passionate about
  • send a virtual card, message or letter of support to let others in your network know you’re thinking of them
  • set aside time to honour the event with others in your living space (e.g. by making a special meal, praying, taking a walk in nature, etc.)
  • do the same things you would do if you were attending the event in person (e.g. put on your regalia and dance, etc.)
  • watch a movie, listen to music, read a book, do a craft or view art/photography that reminds you of what you’re celebrating

You can still recognize the events you care about, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re looking for more ideas or support, you can always reach out to someone you trust.

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