At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging across the country, the Rajasthan government, like several other state governments, decided to ban the community celebrations on Holi. The government, in fact, had issued orders restricting assembly of people for both Holika Dahan on March 28 and Holi on March 29.
However, the Ashok Gehlot government, fearing the backlash of people who were unhappy with its decision, has now taken a U-turn. The government has now given permission to hold community celebrations of Holi and Shab-e-Baaraat in public places on March 28-29,but with certain restrictions.
The celebrations will be allowed from 4 pm to 10 pm. The event can be attended by a maximum of 50 people. The home department has issued revised orders.
Orders issued to all collectors-SPs in Rajasthan
The home department has issued a revised order to all collectors and police commissioners of Jaipur-Jodhpur and has asked them to follow the revised instructions.
Now those taking part in the public programs on Holi will not be punished under the provisions of Rajasthan Pandemic Act, 2020, and Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Several people and societies were unhappy with the state government banning public programs of Holi. They had demanded that the government should relax the restrictions. In view of this, the Gehlot government has relaxed the restrictions.
Holi is celeberated with great fervor across Rajasthan. Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Bikaner, Alwar and Bharatpur have their own Holi culture. The Holi festival is spread over two days and even foreign tourists enjoy the festival of colour and friendship.
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