Chief Minister Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray held a key meeting with Dahi Handi Coordination Committee on 'dahi handi' celebrations amidst Covid-19 pandemic at Mumbai today.
During the meeting, CM Thackeray appealed to the Mumbai Dahi Handi Coordination Committee representatives to undertake social and health-related activities and not to hold festivals amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
CM Thackeray says that in order to save the lives of the people, priority needs to be given to their health and "we should set aside festivals for a while."
Maharashtra CM further added, "Show humanity and send a message to the world that Maharashtra will be the first to banish Corona."
As per to the news agency ANI, the meeting took place via video conference after various "Dahi Handi mandals" had requested the state government to permit them to celebrate Dahi Handi while keeping it small scale.
The festival of Janamashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna across the country.
This festival is often observed with numerous rituals, out of which 'Dahi-Handi' is one of the most popular and eminent ritual.
Dahi-handi is also known as the 'Gopalakala,' and is observed on the next day of Janamashtami.
This is a ritual in which devotees of Lord recreates the famous act of 'Maakhan Chori' or stealing butter which is one of the many notorious acts from the Lord Krishna's stories.