1. Ram Navami-
The birth of Lord Rama or Ram Navami attracts thousands of devotees at places associated with him, such as Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. However, this year due to the coronavirus, celebrations were cancelled. Even the ‘Ram Navami Mela’, which is an annual affair attended by over a million people, in UP was also not held.
Celebrated by Catholics, Easter and the Good Friday preceding it were celebrated in spirit. Bound to their homes, Catholics were glued to television screens, as many churches all across the country were live streaming their services. Again, a festival marked with food, friends, relatives and prayer had to be celebrated within the confines of four walls.
The festival of Ramazan Eid was also a rather dull affair this year. Mosques, which are usually crammed with people against one another, bore an empty look. Hugs were exchanged only among family members. Several food markets, like Mumbai’s Iconic Mohammed Ali Road Street Food Market,which is always buzzing with activity, were also shut – a major buzzkill for all food lovers.
4. Rath Yatra-
The historic Rath Yatra festival in Puri, which was scheduled to start from June 23, has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The festival, which is marked by a gigantic chariot carnival, is swarmed by millions of devotees. And though the observance of the chariot festival dates back to the period of the Puranas, reports state that it will be the first time in the last 284 years that it won’t be held.
5. Ganesh Chaturthi-
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is usually celebrated with great fanfare in Mumbai, is also said to be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many prominent Ganeshotsav Mandals in the city have decided to postpone the celebrations to February 2021 on the occasion of Maghi Ganesh Chaturthi.
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