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Holi, a traditional Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of love”, the “festival of colors”, and the “festival of spring”, celebrates the beginning of spring and lasts more than two days. It is a celebration of fertility, color and love, and the triumph of good over evil. Holi is one of India’s largest and well-liked festivals.

Holi involves an ebullient casting of pastel colored powder on friends, family and every passerby with each color reflecting a particular sentiment. Although the festival has originated in India and is still widely celebrated there as a religious festival, it has been recognized in many places around the world.

India, a country where various cultures, languages, ethnicities and religions have existed side by side for centuries. With diverse cultures and religions, comes diverse festivals and celebrations. The festival of colors, Holi, which is being marked on March 29th, is also celebrated in different ways across cultures. But this year, Holi is just close at hand and the number of Covid-19 cases is on a continual rise.

States have not yet imposed restrictions on inter-state movement but many have quickened up testing and surveillance in critical areas of movement. As Holi is celebrated across India by wishing each other through applying colors, the chances of COVID spread can increase by such actions.

However, the excitement that accompanies the festival of colors is missing from the faces. Due to an acute spike in the Covid-19 cases, health experts and government have advised the public to avoid mass gathering for celebrating Holi to cut back the spread of the deadly virus.

Nonetheless, we can still enjoy the festival meeting our nearest and dearest ones and relishing our favorite food indoors. Most Indian festival food items are prepared keeping in mind climate conditions and immunity and are rich in nutrients. Prevention against the virus and simultaneously building immunity becomes of utmost importance at present times.

At times like these when one is conscious enough to not visit crowded places, use a sanitizer every 10 minutes and maintain safe distance from anyone having flu-like symptoms, the safest way to celebrate Holi is to stay indoors. Ensure a safe Holi.

Chandrawat & Partners wishes you safe and healthy Holi this year.

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