Dahi Handi, a pageant synonymous with Mumbai – the folks, high-voltage vitality and Bollywood – just isn’t being celebrated this 12 months. The necessity to preserve security amid the coronavirus pandemic signifies that not solely will the temper within the Maharashtra capital stay somber for one among its greatest festivals, a variety of small companies that rely upon revelry for a bit of their revenue will even be hit arduous.
Yearly, till this 12 months, younger women and men throughout age teams have fashioned human pyramids to interrupt earthen pots for an opportunity to win fats money prizes on Dahi Handi after Janamashtami. The spectacle attracts hundreds, together with movie stars, out of their houses.
At present, nevertheless, roughly 1,200 Dahi Handi organisers throughout Mumbai have determined to not have a good time the pageant. The authorities has additionally appealed to folks to keep away from any exercise which will end in crowding.
“As a result of coronavirus, that is the primary time that there’s a restriction on Dahi Handi. So, a month again, our coach determined to not have a good time the pageant due to social distancing,” Akash Kasrekar of the Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak – the group which received the received the Dahi Handi competitors final 12 months, informed NDTV.
No celebration additionally means no procuring, and this has hit companies arduous.
In Dharavi’s Kumbharwada, a settlement of potters, the primary enterprise of practically 550 households is making and promoting earthen pots. For them, Dahi Handi is often one of the best time of the 12 months for enterprise, however this 12 months they’re struggling heavy losses.
Most households have suffered losses upwards of Rs 30,000. They are saying enterprise from different avenues can also be slim.
The households right here at the moment are pinning their hopes on Diwali, hoping the pageant of lights would carry them some cheer.
Apart from potters, different even smaller companies have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the security measures taken to comprise it.
With none apart from important service suppliers allowed to journey within the native trains, the gang of customers on the Dadar market is gone. Cancellation of festivities additionally stored folks away, leaving the small shopkeepers with no enterprise, and cash.
They mentioned that their enterprise has gone down by at the least 80% this 12 months.