Firecrackers, procession prohibited in Goa during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival

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Panaji (Goa) [India], September 6 (ANI): Ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the Goa government has banned firecrackers and processions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per official communication, all “Chitrashallas” must make social distancing arrangements outside the point of sale. The sale or purchase of plaster of Parisian idols is strictly prohibited.

Only two people with a vehicle would be allowed to pick up idols from Chitrashalla.

“No special booth will be erected anywhere in Panaji for the sale of fireworks / firecrackers, except those authorized by the company,” the official government notice reads.

All vendors entering Panaji to sell Matolli items will be placed in designated areas near Royal Foods from September 8-10, 2021 only.

Public gatherings / celebrations / arthis for Sarvajanik Ganesh will be limited to 50% capacity or in accordance with the state government SOP. As per guidelines, Ganesh committees should not use fireworks / firecrackers in order to avoid pollution. No celebration in any form will be permitted in the containment areas, if applicable.

In addition, the immersion of idols under the jurisdiction of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) should only be done in notified areas.

The mayor also informed that only 2-3 members of each house will be allowed for the immersion of the idols. All flowers / garlands / nirmalaya will be placed in containers placed at each dump site and will not be thrown into water bodies.

The guidelines further stipulated that no fireworks were to be used at the dumping site. Vehicles should be parked far from the point of immersion to avoid traffic jams. Citizens are advised to immerse themselves from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. No procession will be allowed during the bringing of the idols to the immersion points. No assembly after submersion is allowed.

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturti, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother, the goddess Parvati / Gauri. It will be celebrated on September 10 of this year. (ANI)


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