Diwali 2020: ‘I would say it’s a kind of bittersweet feeling this year,’ says Deepika Padukone as she reveals celebration plans with hubby Ranveer Singh

Diwali is generally a time to spend time with your loved ones and have grand celebrations. But this year, due to Coronavirus, the celebrations won’t be that grand. Many celebs have also decided to have low-key celebrations and Deepika Padukone is one of them.

In an interview to Hindustan Times, she said, “Honestly, we (Ranveer and I) are going to keep things quite low-key, keeping in the mind the sensitivity (of the situation) towards the environment and the people around us. It’s been a difficult year for many in different ways [owing to the pandemic]. So, what we intend to do is, to stay at home, do a simple pooja and spend time with family. Normally, that’s what we, any way, do.”

She went on to say, “Every year, one looks forward to festivals. This year, though, is slightly different because of the various things that different people have gone through (due to the pandemic). But at the end of it, a festival is all about hope, so, I would say it’s a kind of bittersweet feeling this year.”

She added, “It’s been an incredibly difficult year [as a result of the pandemic] but what our festivals do is that they kind of give you a sense of hope and something to look forward to.”

The actress wished for peace of mind and good health for everyone.” This year, on Diwali, if I had to wish for something for everybody, it would be good health and peace of mind. And that’s my prayer for people most of the time, even when I wish them on their birthdays as I feel that’s the real core of everything we do. Everything else is secondary.”

Talking about what she likes the most about Diwali, Deepika said, “For me, it’s the diyas as I am all for the light. Also, in my family, everyone’s names — dad, Prakash, mum, Ujjala, sister Anisha — including mine, are actually different synonyms of the word, light. Hence, Diwali has always been an extra special festival for us, and lighting diyas is my thing (smiles). Keeping them ready, readying the wick, putting ghee and lighting them, during the pooja, is what I look forward to the most.”

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