After Garba, it is the turn of fafda and jalebi, the must delicacy of Gujarat for Dussehra, to be caught in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state is soon likely to come out with a notification banning the consumption of fafda jalebi outside sweetshops or in public in the state. The move is aimed at preventing crowding at sweet shops and public places during Dussehra.
The Food and Drugs Department has also asked sweetshops to follow all the guidelines and to ensure that a crowd is not created.
The Farsan Association in the state said that they have also been asked to put up COVID-19 guideline banners outside their shops. They also fear that the business which was not expected to be great this year will further be affected due to the announcement.
The association’s president Kishor Sheth said that they had a meeting with the food and drug department and have also asked shops to ensure that they follow COVID-19 guidelines including providing sanitizers.
Fafda Jalebi sales likely to see a dip this year during Dussehra
He said that every year the farsan traders in the state see a business of Rs400 to Rs500 crore during Dussehra. He said this year the business across the state is likely to drop to Rs200 crore due to the economic situation and the several restrictions put in place due to COVID-19.
He said many people may not move out of their houses to buy sweets and this will also impact the business.
He said to ensure that a crowd is not created in shops, they are emphasising on small packages of 250 to 500 gm to ensure that customers can be served quickly. All staff members will also have to wear gloves and masks.
As to how the tradition of eating fafda jalebi emerged during Dussehra, the association said many people fast during Navratri and eating food made of chickpea is believed to be better for people who are just coming out of fasting.
They said initially fafda jalebis were made at home but eventually, people began to buy it from shops.
Food and Drug commissioner Hemant Koshiya said that they will also carry out checking to ensure that poor quality food is not served.
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