KATHMANDU, March 9: Normally, people observe Holi, the festival of colors, with fanfare in the mountainous and hilly regions of the country.
Today, people are observing Holi in mountainous and hilly regions including Kathmandu while Terai folks will celebrate it tomorrow.
Holi festival or Fagu Purnima falls in the month of Fagun as per the Nepali Calendar which signifies cooperation, harmony, and courtesy. People enjoy this festival playing with colors. However, grappling fear of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has muted the Holi celebration in hilly districts including Kathmandu this year.
People largely followed the government's appeal to avoid Holi celebrations in grand manner owing to the possible outbreak of COVID-19.
The roads used to witness thousands of people mostly children and youths playing with colors during Holi in Kathmandu but this year roads are almost empty. Specks of dust are flying in the air instead of colors. Amid fear, a small crowd of tourists and locals observed Holi in areas of Thamel and Basantapur areas in the capital.
Nepal police have mobilized security personnel in various inter-sections of Kathmandu valley to control and minimize crimes during Holi celebrations. Nepal Police is launching crackdown on the drink-driving in more than 65 locations of Kathmandu.