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It’s safety first on Holi with parties set to go virtual

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With Covid cases on the rise again, people are adjusting party plans so that the fun quotient remains high despite restrictions. Schools, too, have issued notices asking students to refrain from playing Holi in groups.

People who have been attending private Holi parties for years have plans to take the virtual route this time to include friends who are quarantined. Many who were planning to fly to Kolkata for Holi have cancelled tickets and yet others who have aged parents and kids at home do not want to risk gatherings. What everyone agreed on was that Covid has taught people how to adjust and make the best use of circumstances. And Holi will be no exception.
Diamond City West resident Siddhartha Chatterjee, who was looking forward to a fun time over food, drinks and colours with four friends he has known since kindergarten, said, “We were disheartened at first. But we decided to be safe and go virtual. We’ll meet online at 10am and the party will start without any other restrictions on food, drinks, music and fun. We will each have red abir on our faces as we meet each other on-screen.”

Upohar resident Alok Banerjee is in quarantine and will miss the party at his friend Sudeep Ganguly’s house. “He was so depressed in isolation that we decided to include him virtually, ensuring that we have a robust adda over food. He will join in with his family,” Ganguly said.

Sumanta Saha and Rutu Vaidya who were planning to fly in from Mumbai to party at friend Ritesh Sarkar’s house have cancelled their tickets. Sarkar, instead, is arranging a virtual party from his Dum Dum house rooftop, complete with music, so that the trio can hang out on screen.

A similar story was shared by Siddha Pines resident Manav Mehera, who will have a virtual party with city-based friends now located in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Guwahati.

Schools have sent alerts to parents and students to stay away from playing Holi. Board-year students have been warned by principals since reports of children getting infected are on the rise.

“We have sent out messages asking parents not to allow kids to play Holi this year,” said Meena Kak, principal of Lakshmipat Sighania Academy. Vijaylakshmi Kumar, principal of Asian International School, echoed this while DPS Newtown principal Sonali Sen has put up a message on the school website asking all students to stay indoors this Holi.

Source: Times of India

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