Holi celebration restricted in Odisha in view of COVID resurgence

Bhubaneswar: In view of the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha Government has restricted Holi celebrations in the state for this year.

“Holi on March 28th and 29th and related rituals shall not be observed in public places throughout the state. People may celebrate Holi with family members in their houses only and not in any public places including public roads,” an order of the office of the Special Relief Commissioner said.

This apart, restriction has also been imposed on Dola Jatra celebrations.

“Congregations for celebration of Dola Jatra and associated religious and cultural congregations shall not be allowed in public places throughout the state. Religious rituals in temples will continue as usual with strict adherence of Covid protocols. Considering local conditions, Collectors and Municipal Commissioners may impose appropriate restriction on entry of devotees into temples and celebrations in temples and religious places,” the order said.

“Dola Melan, if any, may be allowed with appropriate number of participants as decided by the Collectors/Municipal Commissioners in their respective jurisdictions with strict adherence of Covid appropriate behaviour and norms,” the order added.

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