PM Modi says no to Holi 2020

PM Modi announced that he will not participate in any Holi events this year. "Experts across the world have advised reducing mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan program,"

  • 4th Mar 2020

The much-awaited festival of colours, Holi, is just a week away. But this year, you must stay away from the usual Holi celebrations. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also of the same opinion. No points for guessing that the reason is the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet on Wednesday, PM Modi announced that he will not participate in any Holi events this year. "Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme," he wrote.


Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme.

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This week, India witnessed major panic as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose to 28. Amid this outbreak, participating in Holi celebrations is nothing less than inviting danger.

As you might already be aware, physical touch is a leading cause of the coronavirus spread. And Holi involves a lot of it. Right from applying colours to greeting each other with hugs, you cannot get away from Holi celebrations without coming in close contact with others.

PS: Greet everyone with namaste on Holi and otherwise too. Here is why.

Furthermore, the festival is mostly celebrated in large gatherings which increases the risk factor of virus transmission.

To add to it, there is inevitable involvement of water-filled balloons and pichkaris (water sprinklers). Playing with water can worsen the health condition of any person down with flu and can even cause pneumonia. Many residential societies are also cancelling Holi celebrations in the wake of the outbreak.

However, if you still want to soak in that Holi vibe, we have a solution. Sing celebratory Holi songs while washing your hands with soap and water. It is the only viable way to celebrate the festival this year. Surprised? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, frequent hand-washing is an effective way to prevent infection. Twenty seconds is the minimum time you should scrub your hands with soap - which is equivalent to singing Happy Birthday twice. Now that Holi is around the corner, you can replace Happy Birthday with Balam Pichkari or Rang Barse or any of your favourite Holi song. Have a safe Holi!

To know more visit:https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/what-s-hot/story/coronavirus-scare-pm-modi-says-no-to-holi-2020-why-you-should-too-1652333-2020-03-04

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