Festivals in 2020

Festivals in 2020

Festivals are celebrated all over the world. Festivals signify the end of the dark and the beginning of a new chapter of life. Every festival provides a message of love, respect, faith for all human beings. Festivals in 2020 were affected throughout the world.

A Festival is an amazing event where a person of a specific community, religion, or region celebrates together. Festivals are a symbol of joy and prosperity in life. Children love festivals as they get a day off from their schools and their daily routine. Major Festivals may be different in various parts of the country. Ways of celebrating a festival can differ. Festivals known by different names too depending upon the region.

Indian Subcontinent

The Indian subcontinent is whole for its vibrant culture, traditions, and various festivals its people celebrate throughout the year.

For example in neighboring towns of Barsana and Nandgoan near Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh Lathmar Holi takes place even before the actual Holi celebrated in the whole country.

Some of the prominent festivals all over the world with joy and excitement are Christmas, Good Friday, Ramadan, Bakrid, Eid Milad, Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, Krampusnacht, Songkran, Krishna Janmashtami, Onam, Pongal, Buddha Jayanthi, Mahaveer Jayanti, Makar Sankranti, Semana Santa, Dia De Los, Obon Festival, Tsechus, Perahera Festival, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival and many more.

Global Pandemic

Global Pandemic
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The Festivals in 2020 is been difficult. This world has seen a world pandemic, economic crisis, lockdown for months. Loss of millions of jobs, closure of many small-scale businesses.

The things which were strange and we didn’t do it often or before has become the new normal of 2020. The things that are completely new for us are being not able to go out of our houses, wearing masks, work from home, students being attending online classes, online exams, watching lab experiments on youtube by the links sent by teachers to them, using sanitizers frequently, wearing gloves and many more things.

In 2020 due to a global pandemic, festivals and all public gatherings are not allowed, all religious, political processions have canceled. Every office, hospital, and many places have sanitized frequently. International travel has been restricted to many countries where the pandemic is on its peak.

All the international music fest, concerts, dance shows, and various other competitions have not allowed in many areas of various countries. As it can attract millions of crowd and can increase the spread of novel Corona Virus.

During October

During the month of October in India people celebrated various festivals. Such as Karwachauth, Diwali, Dussera, Mysore Dussera, Gandhi Jayanthi, Durga Puja, Navratri, Marwar Festival, Ramnagar Ramlila, and many more.

Who can forget the glory and pride which the procession of royal Ambari brought to and Mysore Dussera? And those millions of tourists which Mysore Dussera attracts towards it. But due to this pandemic our eyes missed to witness this magnificent sight.

Every festival irrespective of faith or religion had affected. Millions of people had lost their due to covid-19. The Albuquerque International Balloon festival which attracts millions of international tourists has lost its charm this year.

No one would have imagined Mysore Dussera, Milad, Ramadan with

-out public gathering, processions, hugging each other but the year had taken every-thing to some another level of craziness.

But many good things had also happened this year people who always wished to celebrate Diwal, Dussera, Ramdan or any other festival with family as they were not able to because of their work, studies and many more reasons.

People celebrated most of the festivals with their family as a result of work from home, holidays or educational institutes being shut for months. People had learnt to celebrate Festivals with each other and with family, by simply sharing their presence.

Many parent children duo had missed celebrating important festivals with each other but this year of 2020 had made it possible. For many of us, its the dreams come true.

All of us have celebrated festivals with immense pleasure and gratitude as we were able to do it. We have spread joy and happiness with our neighbour and some of ours bonds might have grown strong this year.

Islamic Festival

If I am correct and remember properly during Ramadan festival which is an important festival for Muslims many countries were in complete lock down, they were not able to gather in huge number in an open area and pray to almighty Allah. So they obeyed rules and regulations of the government so they performed their prayer only in a small groups consisting of few people on their terraces or some places in their house.

Same applies during the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, which is an auspicious and 11 days long festival which can be extended till 21 days too in some of the regions if India. There was no huge procession any-where in the country not even in Mumbai whose Ganesh Visarjan is popular all over the world. There were less installations of idols of Lord Ganesh as compared to previous year.

I would like to conclude this article saying that people enjoyed, celebrated their festivals with great and enthusiasm but with their new normal.

Also read, Festival Foods in India.

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