'Not the usual Diwali': Indians urged to stay at home amid Covid surge

Fireworks are also a major part of the celebrations.
Festivities upended by pandemic as fears rise smog may worsen crisisMore than one billion Indians celebrated Diwali on Saturday amid twin concerns of a resurgence in coronavirus infections and rising air pollution that is enveloping the country’s north in a cloud of thick toxic smog.Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is typically celebrated by socialising and exchanging gifts with friends and family, and lighting oil lamps or candles to symbolise a victory of light over darkness.
Source: the guardian

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