- Despite social distancing measures, people in Quebec are still connecting with their neighbours with the rainbow window trend.
- Many artists are also sharing messages of hope on their drawings.
In these dark times, people are doing what they can to bring some colour into the world. Though social distancing keeps us apart, Montrealers are finding creative ways to have some fun — playing music from balconies, building giant model train sets, and participating in communal art therapy. It's a spirit seen around the world, even in the hardest-hit areas. In Italy, residents are hanging images of rainbows in their windows as a sign of hope. Now, the rainbow window trend has come to Quebec.
People across the province have posted photos of their rainbow drawings, often the work of their children, to social media.
The idea, according to the BBC, is that people on daily, socially-distanced strolls can find the images in their neighbours' windows, connecting in spirit even if physical contact is impossible.
In Quebec, social media images of the rainbows are under the hashtag #arcenciel.
Many feature the encouraging message, "ça va bien aller" — it's going to be okay.
The touching gesture is bringing some beauty to the cold phenomenon of social distancing.
See just some of the hundreds of posts in Quebec below.
The playful drawings are flooding the streets of our province with colour.
Though most of the drawings are made by children, adults can participate, too.
Even local cats are getting involved in the project.
And, this family even went as far as to put one on the rear window of their car.
Some people are adding their own twist to the traditional rainbows.
And, others are using #s'ensortirsanssortir along with #cavabienaller.
This family found the perfect spot for their rainbow and can take in its beauty from both inside and outside of the house.
And others found ways to make their artwork pop.
Others have decided to chalk their way to the hearts of their neighbours with driveway art.
Even local businesses have begun following the trend.
But the most beautiful of all has got to be this home in Repentigny, Quebec.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and this pandemic is over.
Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them.
More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.