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How COVID-19 is Changing the Way People Celebrate Holidays

How COVID-19 is Changing the Way People Celebrate Holidays

Tracy Watson

08/04/2021

9 min read

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still preventing people from getting together and celebrating important dates, companies have created technologies that allow people to see each other virtually and also re-create some of the activities in virtual reality as well. With lockdown and social distancing measures still in place in many parts of the world, such technologies will be necessary to get some sense of normalcy. In fact, the Coronavirus has increased the development of virtual reality products and other communication methods. In this article, we will take a look at this technology-Coronavirus cause and effect and how it is allowing people to celebrate the holidays together from a distance. 

How to Celebrate a Birthday During COVID

There are many ways to celebrate birthdays during COVID, but pretty much all of them involve using some technology. You can still host a party and open presents but on Zoom. In fact, the gifts might soon be delivered by cool new technology as well. Amazon expanded its robot delivery trials to more cities last year. In January 2019, they launched Amazon Scout, a robot that’s about the size of a water cooler that’s able to navigate its way independently on sidewalks. At first, Amazon Scout was available in Snohomish County, north of Seattle; then they expanded it to Irvine, California, and, last summer, they extended it to Atlanta, Georgia, and Franklin, Tennessee. Such technologies will be critical for helping people stay connected in the times of COVID and help them celebrate events like birthdays. 

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A Coronavirus Easter

A COVID Easter will resemble an actual one, except all of the festivities will be done in virtual reality. This includes the traditional Easter egg hunt in VR, the Easter Bunny, and religious services. While for many people, this may not replace the actual thing, it is the closest we will be able to get to seeing an Easter bunny during the Coronavirus and keeping up with all of the traditions. Other people may look at this technology and see all of the opportunities it offers. Easter during Coronavirus can become more creative with more elaborate decorations, egg hunts that are even more fun, and a lot of other possibilities. AR and VR solutions and mobile games development open the door for new ways to celebrate Easter during Coronavirus, allowing your imagination to come to life, enhancing the holiday experience. 

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A COVID Christmas

A Coronavirus Christmas is not easy since this is a time when friends and family get together, but, just like in the examples above, we rely on technology to bring us together. Since many people are experiencing “Zoom fatigue,” VR has emerged as an interesting solution to celebrating Christmas with the family. When everybody puts on a VR headset, they will all be in one room, just in virtual reality. While this may not be the same thing as a being together in the physical sense, it is the closest we can get. Even Zoom has become more creative with professional musicians accepting song requests from people experiencing “the holiday blues,” with many musicians writing songs for people in difficult circumstances. 

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Celebrating Personal Milestones 

Often in life, we reach a certain milestone like a work or a family anniversary, graduations, and many other events. It is still possible to celebrate an anniversary during COVID, but once again, it will need to be via Zoom or other technology. There are also lots of graduation celebration ideas for COVID, with some colleges getting creative. The ArtCenter College of Design in California, which had 280 graduates last year, hosted an online commencement ceremony. When a student’s name was called, a slide with their picture and a sample of their artwork were shown to all of the people who watched the ceremony. This was one of the most exciting celebration ideas during COVID from the education sphere. 

How to Celebrate the 4th of July During COVID

For most people, the Fourth of July is about going outside to watch the fireworks, but this may not be possible this year with the ongoing restrictions. However, this is where we see an exciting relationship between technology and the Coronavirus since people can now celebrate more safely. Instead of lighting fireworks themselves, they can watch it on Zoom or VR and see some of the most spectacular sights from celebrations all over the country. It can also allow entire neighborhoods to get together virtually to maintain traditions. 

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How to Celebrate Earth Day During COVID-19

Earth Day is also about getting together and discussing some of the most significant environmental challenges. This is the year it, once again, a lot of the meetups will be virtually on Zoom, including musical performances as well. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Restore our Earth” which focuses not only on the need to reduce our impact on the planet as we recover from the effects of Covid-19 but also on how we can play a role in repairing the damage we’ve done. In addition to celebrations, there will be online educational events about climate change as well. 

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How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week During Coronavirus

Teacher appreciation week is crucial for many parents and educators, especially with many classroom instructions done online. Since a lot of get-togethers will be done online, it is still possible to send gift cards to things like coffee, Netflix, Hulu, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Kindle, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Target, which are great quarantine gifts that will be appreciated. 

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Technology and COVID: A Constant Struggle 

In all of the holidays and events described above, we talked about the COVID restrictions preventing people from getting together, and technology helps them overcome those restrictions. There will be a need for more of such technology as time goes on. If you have an idea for a new product, Skywell Software has the skills and experience to make it a reality. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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