Holi and coronavirus have become a great threat to Nepal. Today we’ll discuss some bad effects of Holi which can be predicted prior to the festival. In Nepal, there is valley Holi on 9th March 2020, and Terai Holi on 10th March 2020. Let’s start our main discussion.
What is Holi?
Holi is the festival of color. This is one of the greatest festivals of Hindu people. This festival is celebrated mainly in countries such as India and Nepal. People from other countries too celebrate Holi. The Holi festival has a short history in Hinduism. The demon called Hiranyakashyap wanted that everybody in his kingdom worships him as a god. However, his son Prahlad became a follower of Lord Vishnu and started worshipping Lord Vishnu instead of his own father. Holika was the sister of Hiranyakashyap who acquired boon and had the power to enter into the fire. Holika had the power to resist the fire. So, following the order of Hiranyakashyap, she entered into the fire taking Prahlad with her. The plan was to kill Prahlad because he was a follower of Lord Vishnu instead of his father. However, Holika got killed due to fire because she misused her power. Prahlad was saved because he was a follower of Lord Vishnu. So, to remember this day, the Holi festival is celebrated.
Holi and Coronavirus in Nepal
In Nepal, people play Holi creating a group. People play Holi by throwing color and water among each other. I have been playing Holi for about 17 years. This is also my favorite festival. But this year I am not playing Holi. Holi and Coronavirus is a great threat for Nepal and Nepalese people. As we have already heard about the Coronavirus outbreak in China and many other countries in the world. Several people died and several are still affected by the virus. In this situation, playing a festival like Holi is not a wise decision. The color used in Holi mainly comes from China. If the color is contaminated then the outbreak of coronavirus can happen in Nepal also.
The coronavirus can remain in a person without showing any signs and symptoms. If one of the people is infected in the Holi group then probably most of the people will get contaminated as the disease is a droplet-borne disease. The virus can also transfer from the water used in Holi. Besides this, I have seen many tourists enjoy playing Holi in Nepal. Tourists from other nations may have Coronavirus and in Holi, the virus can transfer to several people in Nepal. Nepal has not taken any step to prevent the outbreak of the virus. The government has banned tourists from countries like China, Korea, and other coronavirus affected countries but the rule is implemented from 10th March 2020.
It suggests that tourists from such coronavirus affected countries can enter into Nepal to play Holi. Nepal is a poor country and does not have the appropriate resources to prevent the outbreak. I am in fear if the outbreak really happens in Nepal then how it will be managed. So, we should be aware prior to the happening of something deadliest and serious. I think you have understood much about the relation of Holi and Coronavirus.
How to remain safe from Coronavirus in Holi?
1. I will suggest not to play Holi at all. However, if you don’t like to miss this festival which arrives once a year then you can play it locally with your family and close friends.
2. You can avoid going to any concert or any Holi event. This type of concert and Holi event can be deadliest and can cause the outbreak of coronavirus.
3. Be safe from water in Holi. Don’t throw water at others.
4. Don’t exchange color and love with an unknown person.
5. Choose Holi color wisely. Try to avoid Chinese color.