With spring in full bloom, our favourite ‘Rangbhari’ Holi is just around the corner. A Hindu festival celebrated far and wide with delicious Gujiyas and Thandai’s, an array of Gulaals engulfing the atmosphere and the usual festive cheer is a much awaited affair every year.
However, with the ongoing pandemic, the fear of Covid-19 has taken over the festive spirit. Owing to a second wave of Covid-19 cases, the government has issued strict guidelines and many are shying away from celebrations, nonetheless, you can still indulge in a safe and intimate Holi with your loved ones!
Here’s a quick list of tips and precautions to enjoy a covid free Holi:
1. A COVID-FREE CROWD
Ensure that no one has symptoms of cold or a fever in the celebration. Make it a priority to only meet and celebrate with people who choose to quarantine safely.
2. SMALL GATHERINGS
Avoid large gatherings and play with a small group of people. Keep your gatherings intimate and within closed quarters to evade the risk of the virus.
3. STAY HOME TO CURB THE RISK
In case of mild cold or cough, avoid the celebrations completely. Be responsible and avoid partaking in social gatherings if you feel under-the-weather.
4. SAY NO TO WATERCOLOURS
Avoid the use of watercolours. Watercolours can be great irritants and skin to skin contact ought to be avoided in the current scenario.
5. KEEP THE MASK ON
Don`t take your mask off. Wear your mask at all times and be mindful of sanitizing hands.
6. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS KEY
Maintain social distancing, do not let people smear colour on your face. A safe Holi can only be played by following the social distance rules to keep you and your loved ones safe.
7. A POST HOLI SHOWER
Don`t eat anything until you take a shower. Make sure to shower after your Holi celebrations to sanitize yourself completely.
8. INTENSIVE PRECAUTIONS
Children and old people should completely avoid the celebrations as they are highly at risk of catching the deadly virus if in contact with a positive case.
9. CELEBRATE INDOORS
It`s highly recommended to celebrate the festival indoor. Nothing says low-key and safe like a small gathering held indoors.
10. AVOID PHYSICAL CONTACT
Avoid handshakes and hugging. Any physical contact might put you at risk of getting infected.
No matter how dire the circumstance seems, the spirit of Holi that marks a new beginning and the victory of good over evil stays strong in our hearts. Let’s promise to celebrate a covid free Holi and curb the spread!