On the auspicious occasion of Holika Dahan, people in Mumbai have come up with new ideas of burning effigies of coronavirus and crime against women on Monday.
Holika Dahan is the most significant ritual which is conducted a day prior to Holi and this time people in Worli area have put up an effigy based on the theme of coronavirus with ‘Coronasur’ written on it.
The locals burnt the ‘Coronasur’ effigy at the Holika Dahan to get rid of the deadly coronavirus.
#WATCH Mumbai: An effigy based on the theme of #CoronaVirus that was put up in Worli was burned as a part of Holika Dahan, a ritual that takes on the eve of #Holi festival. (09.03.2020) pic.twitter.com/1qUKvl1erd— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2020
A few effigies were erected showcasing a woman warrior holding heads of the Nirbhaya convicts giving a social message on the crimes against women.
The festival of Holi celebrates the spirit of inclusiveness and humanity heralds the onset of spring after winters in the Indian subcontinent. The festival marks the victory of good over evil is celebrated on two days – Holika Dahan and Holi Milan.
While on the main festival of Holi Milan, people celebrate the day by smearing colours on each other and exchanging sweets, the festival of Holika Dehen is celebrated in a different way by setting a holy bonfire termed as ‘Holika’.