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Gen Z VS Boomers: How You Celebrate Deepavali VS How Your Parents Did When They Were Teens

Amma and Appa did things differently back then!
LEE, Jolene Chern Yi
07 Oct 2022, 03:16 PM
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This article is sponsored by Lotus’s.

Multiple generations of Indian family celebrating Deepavali

Images via NDTV

Celebrations these days aren’t like how our parents used to do in their teenage years. As technology improved over time, holidays changed as well.

All these changes have also given Boomers and Gen Zs a different outlook on things like traditions.

Here are some examples of how the Boomers and Gen Zs do Deepavali:

#1 Sarees used to be a challenge to put on, now there are convenient alternatives

Everybody loves a pretty saree with gorgeous details for Deepavali. However, unless you’re a pro like Amma or have had enough practice, tying a saree can sometimes be difficult.

These days though, there are plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials on YouTube. Some Gen Zs also prefer to tailor their saree, adding a zip so that they can easily zip up and go.

#2 Visiting relatives IRL vs just giving a call

Most parents still insist on physically visiting relatives these days—even if they’re not very close to the relatives to begin with. To them, it’s an act of preserving family traditions and relationships.

The youngsters however, think differently. Instead of travelling to meet everyone physically, they’ll focus their time on the ones they are close to whereas the more distant ones will get video calls instead. Hey, if the technology is there, why not make it work for you? #WinWin

#3 Kolams have become pieces of art now

Traditional Deepavali kolam uses white flour

Image via Astro Awani

Back in the day, kolams, the beautiful rice (or rice flour) artworks, were mostly just white in colour. They were traditionally created to symbolise happiness and interestingly, to double as food for birds and insects.

These days, kolams have levelled up. They’ve grown bigger and more colourful. Some also put a modern spin on them, including different mediums such as stones in the design and creating a whole piece of art.

#4 More open houses = more food!

If there’s one thing that both Boomers and Gen Zs can agree on, it’s that everyone loves an open house. Having been separated because of the pandemic, everyone’s eager to throw a party and catch up with loved ones. Of course, this means more yummy food for the tummy too!

#5 Meals are mostly catered rather than cooked at home

While everybody loves a good open house, cooking up a storm for a huge family isn’t easy. Back then, Boomers had more time on their hands and were more willing to spend hours in the kitchen.

These days, the Gen Zs have a demanding job to juggle and are blessed with other alternatives. That’s why they prefer to cook a couple of dishes, then get a catering service to take care of the rest. Everybody goes home with a full stomach, and they get to do less dishes.

So, what’s on your Deepavali menu this year?

As part of its Light in Traditions celebration, Lotus’s is running loads of promos on Deepavali essentials right now. With key ingredients such as rice, mutton and onion going on sale, you can stock up, save money and test new recipes like this one:

From 6th to 19th October, you can get these items at a special price:

  • Kashmir Faiza Basmathi Rice 5kg: RM29.90
  • Lactel Greek Yogurt Natural 470g: RM9.99
  • Glo Dishwash 900ml: RM4.79
  • Lotus’s Kitchen Towel: RM10.99
  • Large Onions: RM1.99/kg (Valid until 12 Oct)
  • Garlick: RM4.99/kg (Valid until 12 Oct)
  • Mutton Shoulder Slice: RM35.99/kg (Valid until 12 Oct)

Shop at Lotus’s and win prizes worth RM300,000 and signed football jerseys!

From October til December, Lotus’s is running two giveaways where you can win some cool prizes:

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Contest period: 1 Oct – 31 Dec 2022

Spend a minimum of RM100 at Lotus’s in one single receipt with your MyDebit ATM card and stand a chance to win one of many prizes worth more than RM300,000!

Lotus’s MyDebit Je contest

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Boost’s Complete The Mission

Contest period: 13 Oct – 14 Dec 2022

Complete the Mission and be in the running to win one of the Signed Football Jersey and RM100 Lotus’s Wallet. Whoever has a higher number of completed missions and spending has a higher chance to win prizes!

For the latest promos and to shop, download the My Lotus’s App, check out their website or visit your nearest store!

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