NEW DELHI, India
Even as India began a 21-day lockdown on Wednesday to fight against COVID-19 or coronavirus, it was also Hindu traditional new year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through a series of tweets, extended wishes to people observing festivals but reminded them to stay indoors to win the battle against COVID-19.
“We are celebrating various festivals across India and also the start of a new year as per the traditional Hindu calendar. Greetings on Ugadi, Gudi Parva, Navreh, and Sajibu Cheiraoba. May these auspicious occasions bring good health, happiness, and prosperity in our lives, “he said.
He said although celebrations will not