Noida: The festival of Holi is around the corner and the preparations have already started. However, this year, Holi celebrations are not expected to be as it used to be in the past. CitySpidey spoke to different RWAs in Noida to know how they are going to celebrate Holi in the times of Covid-19.
Some of them refused to celebrate Holi due to the Covid-19 situation, while some of them are still trying to get permission to celebrate the festival in their societies.
According to Punnet Sharma, President of Aditya Celebrity Homes in Sector 76, “Last year, we all were not too much aware about Covid-19 because it was still in the starting phase. This year, we have written an application to the city magistrate to allow us to celebrate the festival. We have mentioned that we will follow the prescribed norms.”
“If they will give permission then we will play Holi with proper precautions and also maintain social distancing. We will try not to use water because we don't want anything to become the medium of spreading viruses” he added.
According to KK Sharma, President of Marvel Homes in Sector 61, “Actually, we wrote an application to the administration seeking permission for Holika Dahan and also for the colour celebration with 40 to 50 persons.”
“If they give the permission then we will celebrate. Otherwise, we will not celebrate. We will ensure Holi celebrations with proper adherence to all the Covid-19 guidelines. We will strictly follow guidelines like wearing face masks, social distancing etc.”
According to General Secretary, Express Zenith in Sector 77, “As the cases of Covid-19 are increasing, we will not celebrate Holi this year in our society. Section 144 has also been enforced.”
Arun Sharma, President of Supertech Capetown in Sector 74 said, “It is confirmed that we will celebrate Holika Dahan this year but there has been no decision on colour celebrations yet. We will also discuss about the safer ways to conduct Holi Milan programme. Our society is big and more than 200 coronavirus cases have been reported so far. Maintaining social distancing during the celebrations will be difficult. We will discuss all these things and make a decision.”