Coronavirus scare dampens Holi spirit in Silchar
Silchar: Holi, one of the greatest festivals of Hindus, this time was celebrated with a subdued spirit across the valley of Barak. It was well apprehended. The specter of Coronavirus has haunted the psyche of people deeply though the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has assured there is no cause of panic in the State. Yet the nature of virus or disease has brought people under self-restraint and self-discipline. This was seen today inside the housing complex and on the streets. The usual fun-fare, gaiety, and euphoria among holi revelers were missing. It was all a low key affair.
The psycho fear caused by the Chinese borne virus has so gripped the masses that even the teenagers always at the forefront of merry-making have been conspicuously absent on lanes and by lanes. The day was sunny, bright and refreshing with the cool breeze blowing around. Moreover, the nature with green leaves decorating the trees and plants in variety has set the spring background perfectly well. The holi enthusiasts have been sorely disappointed.
This was the common scenario in the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi. The roads and highways were nearly deserted with fewer vehicles plying. The administration has taken precautionary measures to ward off any unpleasant situation. Today was declared a State holiday. One of the reasons keeping most people indoors was the much-publicized fact that the colored powder, pumps and other materials used in this festival are Chinese made and bear the germs and carry the virus. Better to discard them and stay safe. Neither were seen bonfires a night before the holiday to destroy the spirit of evil as is believed.
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