It’s been almost a year since the government put Metro Manila and shortly after, the whole country under community quarantine. Since then, mass gatherings have been prohibited in order to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
However, some self-proclaimed nightlife connoisseurs/ socialites have defied quarantine protocols in the past few days by hosting birthday parties that caused their respective party venues to be shut down, and put under investigation. While these celebrities can afford to pay the fine of their mishaps, the employees of these establishments might have just lost their jobs, and in turn, their way of providing for their families.
While we all miss the freedom of the ‘old normal,’ the possible consequences of hosting big events cannot be stressed enough. There are different ways to celebrate milestones such as birthdays in a more responsible manner. Here are five ideas to celebrate your birthday without hosting a party:
Book a virtual experience
Thanks to technology, a lot of establishments have been able to pivot to the virtual space. You can make your big day extra special by booking a fun activity such as cocktail classes, wine tasting or even virtual escape rooms via Breakout Philippines.
Enjoy your favorite food at home
If you want to take a break from kitchen duties, you can order food from your favorite restaurants via Grab or Foodpanda. Most restaurants have made their offerings available via delivery. Yes, you can even have your birthday cake delivered too!
Watch your favorite movies
Binge watch your favorite movies, and just relax. Your birthday should be a day for you to enjoy, so watch films that will make you feel good. Getting lost in a good film will also provide you a little escape from your worries.
Call your loved ones
Call your friends and family via Zoom or Messenger, and bond virtually. While we all miss hanging out physically, congregating together can put you and the people you care about at risk of contracting the virus. You can even have food sent over to them via delivery apps wherever they are in the world.
Donate to charity
If you’re financially capable to do so (you can only give what you have, after all), donate to a cause you believe in. Your birthday is a great time to give back for all the blessings you’ve received. There are a lot of organizations that are in dire need of assistance, so instead of spreading the virus, spread kindness instead.
While it may be uncertain as to when the pandemic will end, if there’s anything that history has taught us, it’s that no matter the adversity, the human race has managed to endure and overcome. The pandemic is tough on all of us, and right now, celebrating birthdays may not be the same, but if we all work together, we can help flatten the curve. Someday, we’ll get to party together again. Until then, celebrate responsibly, and stay safe.