Holi celebrations took a drubbing in Visakhapatnam as Covid-19 started raising its hood again with several corona cases being recorded in the past seven days. Mass gatherings on the Beach Road were blocked for the last couple of days and parties of any kind for Holi, in hostels, malls, apartments, were all cancelled.
However, despite the restrictions, some youth celebrated the festival of colours. “I looked forward to Holi to let my hair down. But the police took the right call by blocking the Beach Road and other parks and keeping RK Beach off-limits for people,” N Surya, a software employee, said. So, he celebrated the festival with some children in his apartment instead.
P Sarita, a student, said, “Normally Holi is synonymous with physical contact. Drenching other people with colours is the name of the game. In that sense, I played a safe Holi and ensured that we did not touch each other, but stuck to water balloons and pichkaris to splash colours.” Nupur Biswas, another student, said, “I didn’t want to put my family at risk so I decided to sit out this Holi.” Surya explained that this year he ensured that others too used organic colours. “Pandemic part, I purchased organic colours from Green Waves Environmental Solutions. They collect floral waste from nine small and big temples across the city and make colours from them and they are healthy.”
Green Waves Environmental Solutions Managing Director Anil Chowdhury told Hello Vizag, “Approximately 2,000kg of flowers, marigold, roses, beetroot, herbal leaves- are used to make colours- Yellow( from marigold flowers), pinkish-red (from roses), purple (from beetroot) and green (from herbal leaves).