November 12, 2020
Diwali 2020 will not be the same, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Here’s how you host a perfect Zoom Diwali!
Most of us live too far away to visit our hometowns this Diwali. And since congregating indoors in large numbers is still not recommended (thank you so much COVID-19), the safest bet is to host a virtual Diwali.
It may be a bit weird, but hasn’t all of 2020 been like that? That said, as long as you plan it, we promise you’ll have oodles of excitement and entertainment.
So, How To Host A Virtual Diwali?
Before you dive into planning a virtual Diwali, get yourself in the spirit of festivities – clean your home.
The festival of lights is all about inviting Ganesha and Lakshmi into your home. The remover of obstacles and the goddess of wealth is known to grace homes that are clean.
So, for once let your Monica Gellar avatar free and go ballistic on dust, cobwebs, and whatnot.
While you’re taking breaks during the cleaning spree get to work on the first step of planning a virtual Diwali.
1. Set a tech captain
As one of our favorite creators puts it, “Kushu ab dikh rahin hun?”
We all have parents who are clueless about technology. You don’t want to start the virtual Diwali party with half of the attendees wondering how to start the call, camera, or microphone.
So, find a tech-savvy person with an abundance of patience and set him or her as the tech captain.
What is their role?
- To teach all the tech-challenged relatives how to use Zoom (or any other app you use for the virtual party).
- To smoothen over any tech glitches that occur during the party.
2. Designate a host for the party
Without a host, the virtual Diwali party will be a mess. You need one person to take the lead.
What is their role?
- To welcome everyone.
- To steer the conversation through the party.
- To move everyone from one activity to the other.
We cannot emphasize enough on how important it is to have a host. They ensure that the event runs smoothly.
Anyone can be the host, as long as they have an extrovert personality or love to direct people around. You can even designate two hosts, and they can split up the duties. One can manage the virtual event for the first half and the other one can do it for the last half.
3. Invite less than 20 people
Think of a dinner party you went to in the past year that was stuffed to the gills. Were you able to connect with everyone? No!
When events get crowded, it is hard to connect. This phenomenon compounds when the event is virtual.
How do you gab and chinwag to tiny 25 windows on your laptop screen? It is more than challenging. It is near impossible.
That’s why keep the guest list of your Zoom Diwali less than 20. Don’t invite every random person. Keep it intimate, and you’ll enjoy it more!
4. Decorate and dress up
Just because you’re meeting people virtually for Diwali doesn’t mean you can do it in pyjamas. The anticipation of dressing up is as enjoyable as the party itself.
So, find your best threads, glam up yourself, and then attend the virtual Diwali party.
For the same reasons, decorate your house. Light up the diyas, candles, and lamps to get into the spirit of holidays. If you’re too tired to put up décor all around the house, at least have an attractive backdrop. Create a competitive feeling and find out who outperforms everyone in getting the home ready for the Diwali party.
5. Send a reminder before the party
About 30 minutes before the party, send everyone a reminder. It’s a smart thing to do especially if you have relatives who are not comfortable with technology.
Send everyone the Zoom link and password so that they can set everything up. Plus, the extra half an hour gives people the time to call the tech captain to resolve any issues they are facing!
6. Keep the virtual Diwali do short
This step of hosting a virtual Diwali is crucial. Make sure you have a start time and end time in mind. Else, the event will drag on and be a bore.
Another thumb rule is to keep the party short. The ideal time is 1 to 2 hours unless you end up playing online poker.
But if it is just dinner and some games, keep it short. After an hour, attention spans get diluted, and the fun leeches out.
Get the small talk out of the way. Have dinner together (or cook together). Play a game and then call it a night.
7. Make the virtual Diwali real with poker
We know no Diwali is complete without some taash. It’s a tradition. But just because you can meet your family or friends, doesn’t mean you can’t have a card party.
There are dozens of apps for online poker. Get all the attendees of your Zoom Diwali to download one and then get to playing.
That’s it, folks!
Those were the 7 steps to hosting a virtual Diwali party. We hope your festivities are safe, merry, and joyous.