Like PM Modi and Amit Shah, Why You Should Avoid Holi Celebrations This Year?
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah tweeted that they are skipping the Holi celebrations this year as experts across the world have advised to avoid mass gathering to stay away from the spread of COVID-19 novel Coronavirus. In India, twenty eight new cases are reported in a span of three days. It is always advised to stay safe from the infections by following the precautions and knowing more about them such as wearing masks and more.
With the fear of spreading of coronavirus, event organizers are worried about the Holi celebrations, as many are staying away from them. Also, the boycotting of Chinese goods will be affecting the Holi market in a great deal. Commenting on this, Manoj Kumar, a retailer says, “Chinese products are quite attractive and usually children make their parents buy them the products. They account for a good portion of our income.. we already have stocks of Chinese waterguns and there is a slight worry in the market that they won’t sell this year”.
However, experts claim that, no virus can survive so long inside a packet of Holi toys during the entire shipping process. Dr. Saurabh Atulya, states, “The rumours that Chinese goods are affected are baseless... There is no question of the virus being transmitted through Chinese goods like pichkaris, and even if it were a possibility, the climate of China and India is very different, and it is not possible for the virus to survive without a host. People should think rationally at this time”.
Since the coronavirus outbreak is getting serious, it is advised to avoid Holi this year, as it involves gathering of people, performing religious rituals, smearing each other with colors and drench each other. Using waterguns, water-filled balloons, Holi is celebrated in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Being celebrated as the festival of Color, Holi is usually celebrated where thousands of people gather from all over the world. Even if you’re celebrating Holi, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for over 20 seconds. Following every basic tips to stay safe from coronavirus can help to a certain extent.