The state government has decided not to hold state-level Navratri celebrations this year.
This many feel could be a prelude to the state banning any big Navratri celebration at party plots and garba venues because of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
Gujarat has been recording a rise in COVID-19 cases with the state seeing over 1,400 cases for over a week now.
Earlier, during Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Muharram, the government had not allowed public celebrations and processions. It had at that time appealed to people to keep it private and follow COVID-19 norms.
With the latest announcement, it is speculated that the state may also not allow Navratri at big venues and garba grounds fearing COVID-19.
Earlier when Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel had been asked about Navratri he had said that the state will try not to disappoint garba enthusiasts.
He said the state will try to give maximum relaxations in a way that COVID-19 norms are not violated.
He had, however, clarified that fighting COVID-19 remained the top priority of the government and all decisions will be based on how the situation emerged in the coming days.
Some major garba organisers have already cancelled Navratri
Sahiyar and Sargam group in Rajkot, one of the biggest organisers of Navratri in the city had earlier announced that there will not be any celebrations this year. This came as Rajkot registered a rise in corona cases.
The Gandhinagar Cultural Forum, which organises a garba every year had also announced that they had cancelled the garba this year.
The forum’s president Khrushnakant Jha had said that it would be impossible to organise the festival and follow the COVID-19 norms including social distancing.
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