A much subdued Deepavali.
Fears over the COVID-19 pandemic and the conditional movement control order imposed in most parts of the country have toned down the festive atmosphere.
Find out how our national players celebrate the Festival of Lights this year:
M THINAAH, 22, WOMEN’S DOUBLES
“I have been away from home on Deepavali many times before this. What I love about Deepavali are the gathering with family members, of course the 'ang pao’ and the delicious food too. My favorites are briyani rice and also mutton.
“I'm lucky to be able to spend more time with my family members in Klang. Really thankful to BAM for giving me the permission to be with my family.”
S KISONA, 22, WOMEN’S SINGLES
“This is the second or third time I didn’t celebrate at home. Before this, during tournament period, I couldn’t celebrate on the day itself but will be back home the next day or after.
“This time around because of CMCO and the high COVID cases in Seremban, my family advised me to stay in Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) instead.
“I miss eating with my family and talking with them. Mostly, I miss the environment at home and the food. Especially mutton curry, 'chicken sambal' and briyani.
"On the bright side, thankful that my mother sent a special murukku to me.”
V POOPATHI, 16, BOYS’ SINGLES
“For me, Deepavali is being together with family, oneness among family members, wearing new clothes and going to the temple.
“On Deepavali, I really look forward to have early breakfast home-cooked thosai, then on the afternoon both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian briyani with chicken or mutton curry, murukku as snacks for the whole day.
“During this pandemic, we have to follow all the SOP’s advised by National Health Ministry of Health (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN). Just celebrate at home with a small scale family.
“I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank BAM management for allowing me to celebrate this Diwali with my family in Puchong.”
V TAMILARASUKUMAR, 14, BOYS’ SINGLES
“This is my first time celebrating Deepavali away from my family. I can't go back home due to CMCO and because my hometown Penang is too far.
“What I miss most are playing fireworks and eating the delicious food; banana leaf and chicken curry with rice with my family.”
The players that returned home for Deepavali are set to undergo swab tests followed by a period of self quarantine prior to resuming training sessions in ABM.