Raksha Bandhan celebrations remained subdued this yr because the rampaging coronavirus pandemic solid a shadow over the festivities, that commemorate the brother-sister bond, with individuals largely preferring to remain at house.
People relied on selfmade sweets and a few rituals moved on-line, with siblings ordering rakhis and e-gifts for one another and assembly by video calls. “This is the first time that it has happened, but this is the need of the hour,” mentioned Rahul Bhardwaj, a resident of the nationwide capital, who couldn’t meet his sister who lives in a unique metropolis. “We need to keep ourselves safe and our loved ones safe too.” On Monday, India reported 52,972 coronavirus instances and 771 fatalities, taking the general figures to 18,03,695 infections and 38,135 deaths, based on the well being ministry information. There are 5,79,357 lively instances, whereas the recoveries have elevated to 11,86,203.
“The festival was a bit different this year. I got homemade barfi for my brothers and did not buy anything from outside. We are also not going anywhere and just spending time with our family,” mentioned Shivani Rawat of Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different leaders greeted the individuals on the event. The President celebrated the competition with members of the nursing neighborhood at Rashtrapati Bhavan, describing them as saviours who’re risking their very own lives within the line of responsibility to avoid wasting others. Naidu mentioned he missed his “dear sister” Sushma Swaraj lots on this Raksha Bandhan. Former External Affairs Minister Swaraj died on August 6 final yr.
Legendry singer Lata Mangeshkar shared a particular audio message with the PM on the event, wishing him properly. In his response, the PM mentioned her message “filled me with immense inspiration and energy”. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who’s in a hospital after testing constructive for the coronavirus, tweeted, “Heartfelt greetings to the people of the country on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan.” Congress chief Rahul Gandhi additionally wished everybody. His sister and the occasion’s basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra mentioned she is proud to have a brother like Rahul Gandhi.
“My best wishes to all the countrymen on Raksha Bandhan,” she tweeted. But as individuals remained at house, with the fears of contracting the virus working deeper than ever, business sources estimated extreme losses to shopkeepers. “Sweets worth around Rs 10,000 crore were sold across the country on Raksha Bandhan last year. This figure is expected to come down to around Rs 5,000 crore this time,” the director of the Federation of Sweets and Namkeen Manufacturers, Feroz H. Naqvi, had advised PTI on Snnday. Samir Saha, a roadside vendor in In West Bengal’s Shyambazar, mentioned, “Last year, I had earned Rs 5,000 selling rakhis. This time, I managed to earn just Rs 1,000. The pandemic has hit us hard.” Some individuals, nevertheless, celebrated the competition in symbolically distinctive methods. Animal lovers tied ‘rakhis’ to 2 elephants in Jalpaiguri district and vowed to guard them “as many of them are dying in man-animal conflict”. In Odisha, acclaimed sand artiste Sudarsan Pattnaik created a mural on Puri seashore as a tribute to Covid-19 warriors. “Let’s celebrate this #RakshaBandhan with #CovidWarriors, those are working tirelessly day and night for us,” he mentioned in a Twitter publish. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tied a ‘rakhi’ round a tree at a park, whereas ladies Congress MLAs in Rajasthan celebrated the competition by tying rakhis on the wrist of CM Ashok Gehlot.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who’s present process therapy for Covid-19 at a Bhopal hospital, shared on Twitter an image of a rakhi tied on his wrist by nurse Saroj who’s attending to him within the isolation ward. Tribal residents in Mumbai’s forested Aarey Colony, a outstanding inexperienced lung of Mumbai and the positioning of a metro automobile shed, vowed to guard timber by tying them ‘rakhis’ on the event.