New Delhi: While Dussehra is over, Diwali, the festival of lights is around the corner. Every year, this time we see Diwali melas wherein people stock up on candles, handicrafts, furniture and many more. However, this year is special. The year 2020 is like no other year and there is the fear of norovirus everywhere. As a result, the organizers had to cancel the melas that have been part of Diwali festivities in the city.
Blind Relief Association calls off bazaar this year: not easy for them
CP Mohanan is the deputy executive secretary of the Blind Relief Association. He said, “Unfortunately, we are not holding the Diwali Bazar this year due to the pandemic. Considering the government’s directives and the safety and well being of our customers and staff, we had to call off the bazaar this year.”
This Diwali no carnivals, artisans and organizers count their losses:
The Blind Relief association has a hostel for blind and this decision to not organize Diwali melas this year was not an easy one for the association. The event contributes nearly 50 per cent of its annual expenses and it accounts to be the biggest fundraising events. Usually, 250 stalls are set with a wide variety of traditional crafts and home decor items. Also, many gift items are sold.
Sunder Nagar Mela: one of the oldest mela in Delhi:
Sunder Nagar Mela is one of the oldest melas in the capital. Sapna Mahajan is a homemaker in Delhi. She said that this is for the first time in ten years that she won’t visit the Sunder Nagar Mela in Delhi. The diyas and candles are made by Blind students. Many people who used to buy from the Blond school have not resorted to shopping them online.