Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is back again with a new spirit, refreshing from the timeline of weariness that we all felt during the Covid-19 lockdown. People expect to get everything back to normal, or maybe a better new normal.
Diwali is considered to be the festival of lights, filling every house with peace, happiness and prosperity. The light Diya illuminates the environment and shields the house from the dark of poverty and ignorance. As the world responds to the coronavirus pandemic, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spread his greetings of Diwali and said the festival’s message has a special meaning this year.
The entire city is busy shopping in all the numerous markets in and around Nashik. Streets are busy and street vendors are the most favored by the people during this pandemic situation, in a better way, to support small businesses.
Certain busy places like Shalimar, Ravivar Karanja and Saraf Bazar were completely packed with crowd and local vendors. Social distancing and masks were one big of a concern to observe, anyway. Four-wheelers were prevented from entering these locations to ease the jam a bit. The same image is likely to persist these 2 days.
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Places like Shalimar, Kande Maruti Lane has been the town’s main market place for several years. At very low prices, many household products are available and there is a massive rush of buyers. Besides, discount stalls are being set up by several major retailers and there is a massive rush. Candles, rangolis and electric garlands are available at wholesale prices.
Many states have banned the use of firecrackers, taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic and air pollution, as they not only cause air quality pollution but causes harm to human ears and harm to animals.