CM Uddhav Thackery Bans Dahi Handi Celebration, States Covid Priority

  • | Tuesday | 24th August, 2021

 Maharashtra CM cancels Dahi Handi celebration in the state. 

Amid the covid pandemic, the festival celebrations are at a halt and so even the Dahi Handi organizing committees have decided to call off the events held during the Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra this year.

 Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appealed to organizers to set an example and send a message to the world that Maharashtra prioritized saving lives over festivities amid pandemics.

“Let the world get the message that Maharashtra prioritized saving people’s lives," Thackeray said during a virtual meeting with the Dahi Handi mandals. “Let us keep our celebrations and our festivities aside for a few days. Let us show some patience. Our priority should be our health. We have been facing restrictions for the last year and a half because we have been fighting Covid-19. But let us understand in whose interest these restrictions are," he added.

Responding to the Chief Minister’s appeal, Arun Patil, president of Mazgaon Dahi Handi Mitra Mandal, told, “We had written to the government asking for permission for Dahi Handi while maintaining Covid-19 protocols. But several experts spoke with us. We do not want to jeopardize the lives of others. The inherent nature of Dahi Handi is such that social distance cannot be maintained. So realizing our social responsibility, we have agreed to not celebrate the festival this year as well."

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