Thousands of people gathered and huddled together, most of them without face masks, in the Shri Radha Rani temple in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate ‘Laddu maar Holi ‘violated several coronavirus standards on Monday.
In a video, shared by ANI News Agency, a sea of worshipers invaded Barsana temple, catching laddus thrown by perhaps temple workers from what appeared to be an elevated part of the shrine.
The 1.5-minute video comes as India battles a recent Covid spike, prompting authorities to implement tougher measures in many states.
Men, women and even children jump and try to catch the laddus that are cast in the video. They even threw laddus each other. The temple premises were overflowing with people; very few had masks and there was no social distancing.
#LOOK ‘Laddu Mar Holi’ celebrated at Shri Radha Rani temple in Barsana earlier today pic.twitter.com/L7W3groaBH
– ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 22, 2021
“Laddu maar Holi” is celebrated one day before the famous “Lathmar Holi” in various cities of the state like Mathura and Barsana.
Several precautions are taken during festivals, such as avoiding large gatherings, to curb the spread of the deadly virus which has affected 1.16 million people in India alone.
People on Twitter weren’t happy with the crowd violating Covid standards in the temple.
“Is that a joke? COVID still here!” commented a Twitter user.
“How is Covid not spreading in UP after such celebrations? What is the local administration doing?” another tweeted.
How does Covid not spread in UP after such celebrations? What does the local administration do?
– Niytiin BBindal 24 (@nitinbindal) March 23, 2021
Festivals have been celebrated on a small scale since last year as the pandemic raged. Innovative ways have also been introduced to celebrate. Last Diwali, the government of Uttar Pradesh had built a website for a virtual celebration where people could light a virtual lamp on the festival.
So far, Uttar Pradesh has recorded over 6.07 lakh coronavirus cases.