This year, no celebrations on Guru Nanak’s wedding anniversary in Batala - ECAS Punjab

This year, no celebrations on Guru Nanak’s wedding anniversary in Batala

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Batala, August 23

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the brakes on the 533rd marriage anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, scheduled to be held on August 25.

The celebrations had commenced in 1917 after priest Kesra Singh organised an 'Akhand Path' at the historic Gurdwara Kandh Sahib. It's for the first time in 103 years that 'Babe Da Viah', a sobriquet used for the celebrations, has been cancelled.

Police issue guidelines for devotees

The Batala police have issued directions for people who have not received the message related to the event being cancelled. "We expect some people to turn up. We request them to strictly follow social distancing norms and wear masks. If possible, they must also carry santisers and soap with them," said DSP (City) Parvinder Kaur.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Ishfaq said, "We have taken the decision in consultation with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Health experts opined that it's not feasible to go ahead with the event. It will get difficult to practise social distancing." This has come as a major setback for shopkeepers, who were already reeling under the impact of the lockdown imposed in the wake of the pandemic.

"Livelihood of hundreds of traders depend on the celebrations to a great extent. Covid has disrupted the economy to a great and thousands of people have been rendered jobless. Now, this decision will virtually sound the death knell for shopkeepers," said Jaideep Singh Teja, a resident.

Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who represents Dera Baba Nanak segment, said the administration was left with no option due to the surge in cases.

from The Tribune

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