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Indian authorities explain why the "Festival of Lights" will be held without fireworks

06.11.2020 107 просмотров

A number of regions in India, including New Delhi, have banned firecrackers ahead of Diwali.

A number of Indian states announced on Thursday a ban on the use of fireworks and petards ahead of Diwali's "festival of lights", which falls on November 14 this year. According to regional authorities, the governments of the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim and the National Capital Territory of Delhi (which includes New Delhi) have imposed a ban, it is expected that other regions may join them.

The ban is caused by a sharp outbreak of the coronavirus - fireworks and petards cause deterioration of air quality, which, according to doctors, contributes to the spread of infection.

Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that there has been a spike in coronavirus cases in the capital and strict measures have been taken. “Cases of (infection) with coronavirus have seriously increased due to the holiday season and air pollution. It was decided: 1. To ban firecrackers in  Delhi 2. Increase Medical Infrastructure, Oxygen Beds and ICU Beds in Government Hospitals,” Kejriwal wrote on his Twitter page.

In India, several religious holidays are celebrated in autumn, historically associated with the beginning and end of autumn field work. Delhi has already noted Navaratri and Daseru, which are accompanied by mass festivities, the use of firecrackers, after which the number of cases of infection in the agglomeration began to grow rapidly. In addition, in the autumn, peasants begin to massively burn stubble and straw in the fields surrounding the capital, due to which air quality deteriorates sharply, and the massive use of fireworks exacerbates the situation.

Diwali is the most significant Hindu festival, sometimes referred to as the Indian New Year. Clay lamps are lit in  houses to banish darkness and evil; it is traditional to set off firecrackers in streets to frighten demons.

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