Dahi-Handi celebrations in Maharashtra to be toned down this year
Keeping in mind the expected third COVID-19 wave, Maharashtra government has slashed the scale of Janmashthi celebrations (Krishna Jayanti) this year. Ahead of the Dahi-Handi celebrations on August 30, the state government on Monday, declined permission to form multi-tiered 'human pyramids', which marks the celebration of the festival here.
In order to create a safe environment and curb the growth of the virus, the government has instead asked the organising committees to celebrate the festival differently this year. Janmashtmi 2021 will hence be marked with activities that will assure social welfare.
Expected 3rd wave to affect Janmashtmi celebrations in Mumbai
The decision to curb the Janmashtmi celebrations in Maharashtra this year was taken by the Dahi-Handi Coordination Committee on Monday. Orders have also been issued to cancel permission for the formation of human-tier pyramids during the festive celebrations this year. Reportedly, members of the Covid Task Force and Covid Chid Task Force were also present in the meeting and backed the state's ruling.
Maharashtra has slowly moved on the path to recovery after the 7-month-long surge of the second wave of COVID-19. With NITI Ayog's latest warning against a successive 'third wave' rise, the state has proactively cut down on the otherwise extravagant festivities across several districts here.
State capital Mumbai too, is famed for grand Dahi-Handi celebrations, where groups create multi-tiered human pyramids of six to nine levels. These groups include women, children and foreigners too. However, due to the fear of the expected third wave, the decision to not allow 'human pyramid' formations, has been taken.