A trickle of visitors instead of the usual crowds and signs reminding visitors to maintain distance are only some of the many ways in which India’s annual Durga Puja festival has adjusted to the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual Hindu festival is the biggest celebration in eastern India's West Bengal state, but it is also observed across the country. "The virus is evil like the demon and Ma Durga will give us the strength to defeat it," Pal said. A health notice hangs on railing of a closed "pandal" or a temporary platform, on the first day of Durga Puja festival, amidst the spread of Covid-19 in Kolkata. A pandal in West Bengal capital Kolkata depicts the goddess as an exhausted female migrant worker leading her children home.
Source: The Star October 26, 2020 02:03 UTC