I saw an article of how people in a community in Michigan that is Muslim dominated is running a contest of the best Ramadan decorations / lights and the entire community can vote on that and decide! I thought this was a great way to do something new to celebrate an old tradition / religious observation.
I remember calls for putting up Christmas lights to spread cheer when the pandemic first set in and lockdown started. No one in my neighborhood complied. I am not talking about clapping and howling for health workers, those are celebrating the heroes in the frontline, I am talking about existing traditions and how the pandemic has affected those.
And I wonder if any of those would continue once things turn normal! I mean, isn't that what traditions is about? Something that changes but stands the test of time? I would love for the new things we are doing- doing group chats with family, sharing pictures of smaller things like a book we read or a painting completed with an intimate group of family or friends v. posting it on social media. ... I am "doing" more now, than just fwd stuff and hitting the like button.
Maybe this will stand the test of time - if this itself can become a tradition where we understand that caring for loved ones does not always mean showing face in-person