THE Covid-19 pandemic has put a damper on major festivals this year, and that will include Deepavali because of the conditional movement control order (MCO).
For multi-hyphenate artiste, actress Revathy Mariappan, who is mostly known for anchoring a 90-minute live show, Vizhuthugal, on Astro’s Vinmeen channel, Deepavali will be a quiet affair.
Revathy from Bandar Botanic, Klang, has for the past four years hosted the breakfast show on Deepavali morning at the studio.
“There will be no live show this year.
“Instead, I will celebrate Deepavali with my family and a few friends at home, ” she told StarMetro.
She said aside from spending time with her family, she would invite her close friends of different races who could not return to their respective hometowns (balik kampung).
“We usually host an open house, but that will not happen.
“We will adhere to the proper physical distancing and standard operation procedures of course.”
What’s most important, she said, was that she would also do her charity services at welfare homes and orphanages around Klang before Deepavali.
“We need to also remember the less fortunate during the festivities, ” she added.
For Revathy, being the oldest of three children, Deepavali will usually begin by visiting the temple in the morning with her family, followed by breakfast at home.
“Food on the table is usually thosai, idli and chicken curry. These are must-haves.
“For lunch, the dishes include mutton curry, ghee rice and prawn sambal, ” she said, adding that this would be followed by much-loved festive snacks such as cookies and murukku.
Revathy, 33, said she always made it a point to celebrate Deepavali with her multiracial friends.
“This year is when we must remember that as Malaysians, we stick together as one to fight Covid-19.
“Deepavali is the festival of lights, and that means hope.
“We have fought Covid-19 in the first round and we will do it together again, ” she added.
For student and model Laavanya Shwetha, 20, from Batu Caves, who is of south Indian, Punjabi and Chinese parentage, her Deepavali will be spent visiting her cousins.
“There will be no open houses this year for us, either, ” said the accounting student.
Siblings Ng Kim Peng, 22, and Ng Kim Seng, 26, whose mother is of Indian and Chinese parentage, said they would probably be visiting their friends celebrating Deepavali in their neighbourhood.
Both Kim Seng, a personal fitness trainer, and Kim Peng, a customer service executive, speak fluent Tamil thanks to their mother’s roots.
“We picked up the language as children.
“Because we look typically Chinese, people usually do not realise that we can speak Tamil.
“We often pretend not to know when people talk about us, ” joked Kim Seng.
Freelancer and model Noor Athirah Abdullah, 27, said although she would not be able to visit some of her friends at their homes in Ampang for Deepavali, the important thing was to send her wishes and continue to foster meaningful relationships with them, more so now with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I will miss the open houses, especially the murukku and other delicious Indian snacks, ” she said.