Indians Break Coronavirus Norms During Prayers for Ancestors’ Souls.

Hindu devotees flouted social distancing and masks norms as they performed rituals and prayed for their ancestors' souls on the last day of 'Pitru Paksh,' or fortnight of ancestors, Wednesday, October 6.

Coronavirus failed to scare devotees in eastern Gaya, Kolkata, northern Varanasi and western Mumbai cities who were seen without masks, crowding riverbanks to take baths in holy rivers and offering prayers for their ancestors.

However, in eastern Bhubaneswar city some devotees wore masks and followed coronavirus protocols to prevent the spread of the virus despite the number of cases being low.

According to Hindu tradition, 'Pitr Paksha' is a 15-lunar day period. It falls during the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada (September-October), beginning with the full moon day, and ending with the new moon day.

(Reuters)

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