Covid-19 effigies burned at Holi festival


Caution amid colours: A tourist wearing a mask while celebrating Holi in Pushkar, India.

Compiled by C. ARUNO, HANIS ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN

REVELLERS in Mumbai celebrating the Holi festival burned effigies symbolising the Covid-19 virus as part of the bonfire, reported Malaysia Nanban.

The festival is better known for revellers dousing each other in coloured powder and water in a playful manner.

A lesser-known part of the festival is the bonfire ritual where an effigy of the demoness Holika is burned on pyres or bonfires to symbolise her death in the Hindu legend of Narasimha and the victory of good over evil.

This year, revellers in Mumbai burned effigies of the virus which is wreaking havoc across the globe.

The fire was started with a torch made in the shape of syringes which are supposed to deliver the cure or vaccine.

Despite the Covid-19 virus scare, the festival was celebrated in high spirits.

> Kedah will hold a national-level Ashtanga Yoga competition for the first time, reported Makkal Osai.

Yoga teacher Amutha Gopi and master Murugiah, who are part of the organising committee, said the annual event will be held on March 15 at the Sri Subramaniya Devasthanam Temple in Sungai Petani.

This year’s event will be extra special as it will also feature competitors who are mentally and developmentally challenged.

The art of yoga can be beneficial to everyone and no child or person should be left behind because they have disabilities or conditions. International Yoga Federation’s honorary director for Asia master Radha Krishnan from Tamil Nadu is the special guest.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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