While the festival of colours is just around the corner, there are concerns over rising coronavirus cases too. NT KURIOCITY asks youngsters how they will be celebrating Holi this year

Holi is the festival of joy. However, the coronavirus scare has hit India like a tsunami —everyone is getting paranoid. While most people are conscious enough not visit crowded places, to sanitise their hands often, and maintain social distancing, the best way to celebrate Holi is by staying indoors. Sit back, pick up a book of your choice, whip up some hot chocolate, maybe cook a nice meal, binge-watch movies on Netflix, sink into your bean bag chair and just relax. Make the best of this Holi by spending some quality time with your family and yourself. Greet your neighbours with an open heart but avoid shaking hands and hugging each other ‘Kyunki bura na mano COVID hai’.

 

Shounak Sabnis, Ponda

 Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, new life, and triumph over evil. Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more of a time for fun. Holi is also known for triumph over evil. Keeping this in mind, we should have enough strength and mental ability to fight against coronavirus which is an evil aspect in modern era. We should celebrate this joyful festival with our family members at our place rather than playing outside as corona shouldn’t prevail over our celebrations and happiness. 

 

Vishvesh Kamat, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

It’s been a year now since our country faced the untimely and uncertain lockdown because of the pandemic. We all know the aftermath of it. We see that the heavyweight countries of the world even today haven’t been able to bounce back from the traumatic situation and it’s all because of their own negligence. The people there in the name of freedom literally put the entire country in danger, so I think we have a lot to learn from their mistakes. This Holi anyways is happening amidst my exams so I have minimum chances of celebration. However, I wouldn’t support gathering of people. Holi is festival of colours where we have to directly come in contact with people, which is risky. Let’s think of our elderly people at home and control our urge of celebrations for now. Their lives should not be threatened because of our fun. 

 

Darshan Manjunath Mangueshkar, School Of Symbiosis, Shiroda

It’s time for the festival that adds vibrant hues of colours of joy and happiness to everyone’s life. However, since we all are consistently at war against novel corona virus, we have to be watchful and celebrate with our near and dear ones only. We’re definitely going to miss running around our friends with colours and pichkari, throwing water-filled balloons on each other and so much more fun. But sweets, colours, and presence of our dear ones is going to make this Holi a memorable one too. The festive and playful vibes of Holi will fill the sky with shades of colours and a hope of defeating this pandemic too. 

 

Ramanand Thakur, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao