The most exciting time of the year for Indians is coming. Popular as the festive season is in October-November, festivals like Navratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra and finally Diwali.
People who have been confined to the walls of their homes for the past several months due to the Kovid-19 epidemic may now decide to step out with positive feelings and mix in socially organized events.
Local Circles conducted a survey to understand people’s socialization plans during the upcoming festive season. The survey received over 28,000 responses from 226 districts in India.
The first question of the survey asked how people are planning to socialize during this festive season. Responding to the question revealed that three percent said they would attend neighborhood events, three percent said they would attend private gathering ceremonies or parties to which they would receive invitations. While 23 percent said that they would visit their close family and friends, seven percent said that they would do all the above mentioned tasks. At the same time, 51 percent said that they will not socialize at all. This means that 36 per cent of Indians want to be social in this festive season.
Significantly, during the Onam festival celebrations in early September, the residents of Kerala became quite negligent, resulting in an increase in coronavirus cases from 4,000 to 10,000 per day. For this reason, the Kerala government implemented Section 144 and banned the gathering of more than five people across the state for the entire month of October.
Coronaviruses have long prevented Indian gathering, meeting extended family and moving to crowded places, but it seems likely that the chain will break during upcoming festivals.
The next question asked was what are the major reasons, despite Kovid, that they want to ensure social participation in this festive season. At this, 17 percent said that it had been a difficult year for them and their family socially and that going out and meeting people would make them happy, while 10 percent said there would be social pressure, so they would have to do so.
At the same time, about 63 percent said that they will be part of social participation with caution, so all will be fine, no problem will come, while five percent said that they have already recovered from Kovid-19 infection, hence this concern Is not a matter of Five percent were uncertain.
This shows that 63 per cent of the people who want to socialize this festive season believe that they will be safe by following the precautions, while some will enjoy the festivals and be part of the society under some social pressure.
Around 70 lakh Kovid cases have been reported in India, while the Health Ministry has released standard operating procedures for the festive season.
Apart from this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a mass movement for proper behavior in view of Kovid-19 on 8 October. The government says that they will implement the action plan keeping in view the specific area in the districts with more cases.
MNS / ANM