Photos: Covid-19 dampens Holi celebrations in India

  • Authorities across the country clamped down on Holi, one of the India’s biggest Hindu festivals on March 29, as the country passed 12 million coronavirus cases. Despite the restrictions, muted celebrations went ahead notwithstanding a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases. Revellers still gathered in neighbourhoods across the country, banging drums and hurling coloured powder at each other.
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A boy wearing a protective face mask reacts as he is splashed with coloured water during Holi celebrations, in Chennai, on March 29,(P. Ravikumar/REUTERS)

A boy wearing a protective face mask reacts as he is splashed with coloured water during Holi celebrations, in Chennai, on March 29,(P. Ravikumar/REUTERS)

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People celebrating Holi in a large group, amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus cases, in Prayagraj on March 29. Holi marks the advent of spring and is widely celebrated throughout India. Most years, millions of people throw coloured powder at each other in outdoor celebrations.(PTI)

People celebrating Holi in a large group, amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus cases, in Prayagraj on March 29. Holi marks the advent of spring and is widely celebrated throughout India. Most years, millions of people throw coloured powder at each other in outdoor celebrations.(PTI)

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Connaught Place wears a deserted look after authorities banned Holi celebration in public places, amid a spike in coronavirus cases countrywide, in New Delhi on March 29. For the second consecutive year, people were encouraged to stay at home to avoid turning the festivities into superspreader events amid the latest virus surge.(Manvender Vashisht/PTI)

Connaught Place wears a deserted look after authorities banned Holi celebration in public places, amid a spike in coronavirus cases countrywide, in New Delhi on March 29. For the second consecutive year, people were encouraged to stay at home to avoid turning the festivities into superspreader events amid the latest virus surge.(Manvender Vashisht/PTI)

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Police personnel stopping a motorist at a checkpoint during restrictions imposed around Holi as Covid-19 coronavirus cases rise, in Mumbai on March 29. The latest surge is centered in Maharashtra where authorities have tightened travel restrictions and imposed night curfews.(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)

Police personnel stopping a motorist at a checkpoint during restrictions imposed around Holi as Covid-19 coronavirus cases rise, in Mumbai on March 29. The latest surge is centered in Maharashtra where authorities have tightened travel restrictions and imposed night curfews.(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)

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People celebrating Holi with coloured gulal powders, at Prabhadevi in Mumbai on March 29. Despite the restrictions, revellers still gathered in neighbourhoods across the country, banging drums and hurling coloured powder at each other.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

People celebrating Holi with coloured gulal powders, at Prabhadevi in Mumbai on March 29. Despite the restrictions, revellers still gathered in neighbourhoods across the country, banging drums and hurling coloured powder at each other.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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A motorist is seen wearing a costume mask to protect from splashes of colour during Holi, celebrations in Gurugram on March 29. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

A motorist is seen wearing a costume mask to protect from splashes of colour during Holi, celebrations in Gurugram on March 29. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

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People celebrating Holi with coloured gulal powders, at Prabhadevi in Mumbai on March 29. Covid-19 cases are also rising in the capital New Delhi and states of Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

People celebrating Holi with coloured gulal powders, at Prabhadevi in Mumbai on March 29. Covid-19 cases are also rising in the capital New Delhi and states of Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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People dancing during Holi celebrations in Guwahati on March 29. Health experts worry that unchecked gatherings can lead to clusters, adding the situation can be controlled if vaccination is opened up for more people and Covid-19 protocols are strictly followed.(Anupam Nath/AP)

People dancing during Holi celebrations in Guwahati on March 29. Health experts worry that unchecked gatherings can lead to clusters, adding the situation can be controlled if vaccination is opened up for more people and Covid-19 protocols are strictly followed.(Anupam Nath/AP)

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A face mask lies on a road covered with coloured powder during Holi celebrations, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Chennai on March 29.(P. Ravikumar/REUTERS)

A face mask lies on a road covered with coloured powder during Holi celebrations, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Chennai on March 29.(P. Ravikumar/REUTERS)

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