Virtual Fests: The Next Big Thing For Children Of All Ages

How are virtual festivals catering to children's needs during the global pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has got children across the globe attending online classes. Beyond classes, they have been missing out on so many other school experiences that one might take for granted - running to catch the school bus, getting scolded by teachers for not cutting their hair, checking friends' tiffin boxes for delicious treats, bunking classes, cheering for each other on sports day, dancing and singing on stage, and so many other moments.

Now that the pandemic has hit, children are confined within the walls of their homes and most of these experiences have been snatched away from them. Children have a constant feeling of boredom that surrounds them, especially because they can no longer physically connect with their friends.

Children need social interaction to develop holistically, and schools have been focusing on online classes. Screen time has increased, and there is no scope for physical activity, like they had in school. Further, children are unable to pursue their talents or develop extra-curricular skills, providing no motivation to push themselves towards growth.

All of this put together creates the perfect opportunity for virtual festivals to make an entrance in the scenario. Virtual fests address all these areas of concerns, helping kids socialise and work in teams, and provides them with a platform to unmute, even while not physically together. It provides them with a break from their otherwise monotonous schedule, helping them to unwind, and even addresses the issue of social and skill development.

Virtual festivals are enabling children to bring out their competitive spirit, pushing them to strive to be better even while at home. Engaging with other children online, working together to once again unlock their talents and skills, and compete with each other has all been made possible thanks to virtual festivals.

Yes, they may not provide the opportunity to create memories that would have existed if not for the pandemic, but it definitely is a new experience for most. Engaging with peers on a national, or even global, level is possible due to online platforms, which has increased the social reach of most.

Feedback on every skill of each individual, along with reverse feedback on organising committees, is now logistically feasible, helping them to develop like never before. Participants can communicate with peers and judges alike, and it is easier to personally get in touch post the event as well. This has created a safe and comfortable environment for children to be able to express themselves easily. It particularly aids children who may have an introverted nature, making it easier for them to socialize.

Even though the pandemic has brought about the trend of virtual fests, this concept is here to stay. It is an improvement on physical fests in several manners, and only helps in bringing children together regardless of their demographic background. It also gives them increased exposure which aids in broadening horizons and further evolve as human beings and the future leaders of the world.

Of course, post pandemic, the world will adapt and welcome physical festivals like an old friend, but virtual festivals will simultaneously continue to advance. They will expand the community of children globally, and continue to push children to become the very best version of themselves by becoming more curious, advancing their skills and broadening their horizons.

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