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How will ‘Barsane ki Holi’ look like in times of Social distancing?

The world is now united on one mission which is to fight the unpropitious times that lie ahead due to COVID-19. The pandemic has not only scratched open our vulnerabilities but has made us conscious of our activities. Here in times like these, festivals bring a ray of joy and hope. The festival of colours is around the corner and soon you would see people celebrating it with gulaal and water.  You would see people happily plastering each other with colours, and relishing ‘Thandai’. A few places famous for the wild Holi celebration are Pushkar, Varanasi, Mathura, Udaipur and Vrindavan. 

However, a lot of things have changed in this one year, from last March to today. It will be despairing to see how this craziness and wildness celebration of Holi at the aforementioned will be affected due to Covid and how people will hesitantly apply colours and gather for the Holi celebration. The festival of hugging and playing colours together in times of Social Distancing 

This year Holi planning comes with Covid-19 restrictions and norms, so before the planner in you starts to take a toll, you need to reconsider your priorities before you start with the kickass Holi week. 

What is the best way to enjoy Holi in times of coronavirus?

As Holi is just a few days away, our hearts are filled with proclamations and assumptions, but what we really need at this hour is precautionary measures and planned Holi.  Check the local advisory and follow them, meet and greet people but from a distance. And don’t forget to wear masks and sanitise time and again.

According to health experts, the prevailing circumstances don’t allow Indians to attend social gatherings or community meetings, as cases are still rising and many states are considering lockdown as new Covid strains have been identified in India.

“In this situation, we cannot become complacent and drop our guard, else the cases can rise exponentially in the coming weeks. We should avoid all sorts of social gathering, especially around Holi, as social distancing norms are usually not followed at such gatherings,” said Richa Sareen, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

“Let’s not forget, that Covid is not over as yet,” she told IANS.

Just as India witnesses its biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases in four months, there were devotees in Mathura who celebrated ‘Laddoo Maar Holi.’ The video went viral, where many were seen without masks and made no efforts to practice social distancing.   

According to experts, this could be the second wave of Covid-19 in India.

In the latest Covid-19 restrictions, the celebration of Holi is prohibited in private and public places in Mumbai on March 28th and March 29th. 

So, this year instead of celebrating Bharsane ki Holi, stay at home, apply gulaal to your family members and meet and greet people from a distance. The efforts to change society starts at home. So take the first step and bring a change in the attitude on how to deal with the virus in your society. 

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