Lockdown lifted in time for Diwali
Software engineer Sunita Nair is a Senior Analyst for portal solutions at LANXESS in Mumbai, a 20-million strong megacity situated in the state of Maharashtra in western India. On March 24, the Indian government imposed a nationwide lockdown on its 1.3 billion inhabitants. With the lifting of the lockdown in early June, different restrictions applied depending on the region. Despite relatively high infection rates, the priority is now to lessen the impact of the lockdown – production stoppages and layoffs – on the economy. Luckily, Sunita was able to celebrate the Festival of Light with her family. Diwali is an important Indian festival and lasts several days.
Shopping and celebrating
On “Dhanteras,” which is the first day of Diwali, people go shopping, since they believe it’s an auspicious day for making purchases. The second day is called “Naraka Chaturdashi.” Like Christmas, it is celebrated by meeting friends and family and exchanging gifts.
Sunita kept Diwali simple this year. “Nevertheless, it was full of excitement and happiness”, she says. “A festival of lights, Diwali brings joy to everyone’s face. This year’s monsoon brought cheers and a better than expected harvest, making Diwali even more joyful.”