Dubai, Oct 20, 2020: Navratri, a festival celebrated with pomp and fervour every year in the UAE, is subdued this time around because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunill Grover – director, Signature Events and his wife Sumita, who every year organise a weekend of Garba – a dance with bamboo sticks popular during Navratri - at Zabeel and Mamzar Park, are disappointed as the celebrations cannot be held as usual. “We usually have 12,000 to 15,000 people attending the dance. This year we are missing the energy and positive vibes that the Garba brings during Navratri. In fact, it is hard to imagine Navratri without the tradition Garba dance. We hope the COVID-19 situation will be under control by next year as we would love to host the dance programmes once again,” said Sumita.
Vasu Shroff, a veteran Indian businessman associated with the the Hindu Temple in Bur Dubai, said, “It feels like the world is angry. Hopefully all this will change.”