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The coronavirus pandemic has seen public festival celebrations cancelled that would normally attract thousands of devotees and lift local economies.
Instead, people are celebrating in their homes, some ceremonies being live-streamed on Zoom, Facebook, and other social media platforms. Do you want to know more information?
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The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is usually marked with much gaiety across India and is a _______ ( 2 words missing). Huge idols of the much-loved, elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh, are installed in opulently decorated pandals, or tents, that vie with each other for attention as devotees flock to offer prayers and _________（3 words missing).
The faithful don new clothes and, over 10 days, visit friends and relatives as well as a number of pandals across their home city. The revelry ends with the idols being immersed in water – the sea, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds or wells.
Things were different this year, though, as the coronavirus pandemic and ________ (3 words missing) derailed life across India. Public Ganesh Chaturthi festivities, which should have culminated on September 1, were cancelled as people celebrated in their homes. Many organisers cancelled their shows and the few who did set up pandals complied with strict coronavirus guidelines.
India has a calendar that is studded with religious festivals, and the impact of the pandemic on celebrations was felt as early as March, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed. Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colours, was muted as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to citizens to refrain from smearing coloured dye on each other – a typical way of celebrating.
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