A score of devotees thronged Sabarimala shrine on January 14 to celebrate the Makaravilakku festival. Devotees performed rituals inside the temple on the occasion. All COVID-19 SOPs were followed during the rituals.
As many as 51,000 earthen lamps were lit in Ayodhya marking the eve of Kartik Purnima. The lamps were illuminated at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of River Saryu. Sabarimala Temple in Kerala was decorated as Karthika Deepam celebrations were held. The eve of Dev Deepawali was celebrated in various ways across the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday. PM will dedicate to the nation the widened Handia-Rajatalab section of NH-19. The city glowed on the eve as a laser show was held in Varanasi at Chet Singh Ghat. The Prime Minister will also attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, later in the day. Kartik Purnima is also celebrated as Dev Deepawali in various parts of the country. Kartik Purnima marks the fifteenth lunar day of the Hindu month of Kartik.
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Bike lover from Kerala crafted replica of his favourite motorcycle. Hailing from the land of teak forests, Jithin used the wood to make a duplicate of Royal Enfield Bullet. He took a total of two years to craft the eye-catchy piece.
After witnessing the shortest-ever Diwali break of 5 days, Surat's diamond industry experienced an increase in export of diamonds. In comparison to 2019, export of diamonds increased by 92% in November, this year. This is because of the halt the industry suffered for 4-5 months. Diamond units got a chance to recover from the losses they suffered during lockdown.
On eve of Christmas, Jammu and Kashmir Government organised special event in Srinagar. To bring cheer among people, Department of Tourism along with Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) organised the event. Director of Kashmir Tourism, Nissar Ahmad Wani said, "Today, we are celebrating Christmas Eve because on the day of Christmas, the fathers of church are not able to come out. We wanted to celebrate it on a good level so we have organised cultural programs, carols etc. Our aim was to celebrate Christmas and to pray god to bless us with a great year." A number of people irrespective of the religion attended the event. A cake-making competition was also organised there. A cake-maker named Arwah Siraj said, "This is a very good thing that Dept of Tourism and SKICC organised this event where people from different religion are celebrating Christmas together. This is a very big thing that such big event is organised post COVID-induced lockdown. This is the speciality of Kashmiris that we celebrate the festivals together no matter it is Eid, Diwali or Christmas." Cake was distributed among the attendees to celebrate Christmas. The cultural program was also held to mark the celebration. The special event also gave the message of brotherhood and communal harmony.
As Gujarat saw rise in COVID-19 cases post Diwali, it has become necessary for the citizens to wear masks and follow basic guidelines to again defeat the virus. With this aim, a tea seller in Vadodara city is distributing free masks with a cup of tea to his customers. Sapan Machi, who runs his tea stall named 'Shree Sainath Tea Center' in Bajwada area, is doing his part to ensure Gujarat gets past what can be called a second wave of coronavirus in the western state. Sapan has so far distributed around 650 masks to his customers, and has pledged to continue this good deed till the virus is eliminated.
Schools in Tamil Nadu reopened for the students of classes 10th and 12th on January 19 after a gap of over nine months. A school in Madurai followed COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing and masks. Students, teachers and other staff members were allowed entry only after a thermal screening. Director of School Education Department in Tamil Nadu, Dr S Kannappan visited Govt Girls Higher Secondary School in Chennai's Ashok Nagar on January 19. All educational institutions were forced to shut down due to coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, a student in Chennai said, "Half of our syllabus was covered during online classes. I am happy to see my friends after so long but we have to maintain social distance."
Several people witnessed Jallikattu event in Madurai on January 16. Hundreds of bull tamers participated in the event. Participants showed their skills with their attempts to tame the bulls. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport that has traditionally been part of Pongal festival. The festival is a celebration of nature, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, of which cattle-worship is a part.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami along with Deputy CM O Panneerselvam inaugurated the 'Jallikattu' competition in Alanganallur area of Madurai on January 16. Several other leaders were also present. However, COVID norms went for a toss during the event. In the wake of COVID-19, State government directed that number of players shouldn't be over 150 at an event. The bull-taming sport is popular in TN. Jallikattu is celebrated in the second week of Jan, during the Tamil harvest festival, Pongal.