Holi celebration banned in this states as Covid – 19 cases surge. The spread of coronavirus has reappeared. Several state governments and the Union Territories have announced a ban on public celebrations of the Holi festival. This year the Holi will be celebrated on 29th of March. The festival also marks the arrival of the spring harvest season in the country.
People celebrate the festival by wearing sweets that touch the lips, thandai and pour colored powder, water and balloons while singing “Holi Hai”.
The evening before Holi is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi where people light a fire that shows the burning of the demon Holika.
On Wednesday, the institute called on provinces and union areas to consider setting local boundaries for public observance of upcoming ceremonies and reducing or eliminating large gatherings to control the epidemic.
Additonal Secretary said that in view of the upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Bihu, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr, etc., it is highly recommended that countries consider considering local restrictions on public observance of these festivals and restrict / end large gatherings. in the exercise of the powers conferred on it under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday during this week had ordered no public celebrations in the national capital during upcoming festivals such as Holi and Navaratri. Secretary-General Vijay Dev in this command said that all relevant authorities will ensure that public ceremonies and rallies, churches during upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri etc. will not be allowed in public places / public courtyards / community parks / markets / religious sites etc at NCT Delhi.
Meenu Chaudhary, Joint Commissioner of Police (CP), Delhi Traffic said that In Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navratri, no assembly is allowed in public places. We urge the public to follow the instructions of COVID-19, do not drink and drive, and follow traffic rules. There should be no traffic violations including the riding without a helmet in Holi.
People should celebrate Holi in a simple way and congestion should be avoided, the government said on Friday. “The ceremony should be celebrated in a simple manner, with regard to the principles of social exclusion and without any formality due to the increasing spread of COVID-19. Rang Panchami should also be celebrated in a simple way,” the government said in a statement.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Tuesday during this week had also announced that Holi celebrations, March 28 and 29, would not be allowed in private or public areas. The district community council has announced a ban on Holi celebrations in private and public areas.
Uttar Pradesh has issued certain guidelines prior to the Holi celebrations, including that no visitors will be held without permission.
According to the guidelines, people over the age of 60, children under the age of 10 and people with a related illness are not allowed to participate in any kind of celebration. Guests should be tested by COVID-19 before entering the home before the Holi celebrations.
Crowds in public places will not be allowed and the police will take appropriate action in this regard.
The Gujarat government on Wednesday during this week also issued a notice banning public celebrations in Holi saying the “Holika Dahan” tradition could be seen in small gatherings. According to a statement issued by the Department of Home Affairs, public celebrations and major events will not be allowed on Dhuleti Day on March 29 due to the current epidemic.
The state government of Bihar has ordered that people not gather in public places on the day of the Holi festival. An order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs also stated that “a small number” of people would be allowed to gather in one place during the Holla Dahan, a ritual performed on the day before the Holi and Shab-e-Barat celebrations.
It says people should adhere to the COVID-19 rule such as wearing a face mask, maintaining contact with people, using a sanitiser by hand while participating during Holika Dahan and Shab-e-Barat.
The Telangana government has decided not to allow public festivals in the province during the upcoming religious events, until April 30, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, without making it mandatory to wear masks in public places.
Noting that churches pose a serious threat to the immediate transmission of COVID-19, the order said it was decided that public ceremonies / festivals should not be allowed in government during future religious events such as Shab-e-Barat, Holi, Gadi (Telugu New Year), Rama Navami, Mahavir Jayanti , Good Friday, Ramzan and others until April 30th.
A few days after the ban on public works during Holi and Shab-e-Barat, the Rajasthan government lifted the ban and allowed it to be implemented. The government, however, has set a time limit for holding public services only between 4pm and 10pm on March 28 and 29. The country’s Department of Home Affairs has lifted the ban on public works with a revised notice on Friday. The government earlier on March 24 ordered no public event to be held at the festivals due to growing cases of coronavirus. In his new proclamation, the government, however, said no more than 50 people would be allowed to participate in these activities.