Diwali celebrated amid COVID-19

DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/14/2020 12:52:37 PM IST

Diwali was celebrated in Dimapur on Saturday amidst COVID-19 situation and ban on firecrackers throughout the state. 

The state government had prohibited sale and use of fire crackers in all parts of the State from November 10, 2020 to January 31, 2021 considering the potentially harmful effects of bursting of fire crackers.

However, despite state-wide ban on use/sale of fire crackers, people in some localities started bursting crackers by evening. 

Meanwhile, devotees offered prayers, lighted diyas and candles to mark the festival of light. On the occasion, people also visited temples following safety guidelines.

Though this year’s Diwali was more sombre, some residents expressed dismay that there were people who defied the ban on sale/use of firecrackers.

In a notification, chief secretary J Alam ordered complete ban on sale and use of fire crackers in the state and any person found violating the order would be punished under relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws. CS has also directed Commissioner of Police Dimapur and all SPs to take necessary action to ensure compliance of the order.

Nagaland governor RN Ravi, chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Diwali. Ravi urged the people to observe COVID-19 protocols while celebrating the festivals.

Rio in a tweet prayed that the Festival of Lights bring joy and prosperity to all.

Patton also prayed that this auspicious day fill each house with light, happiness, love, positivity and blessings.

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