In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) cancelled
the celebration of Makar Sankranti.
Every year, the TSTDC organises international kite and sweet festival on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
In this event, kite flyers from different countries come together and celebrate the festival.
B. Manohar, the Managing Director of the TSTDC, said they have decided to cancel the kite and sweet festival this year, putting the lives of people on priority.
Mr. Manohar said, “We are forced to cancel the festival which usually witnesses lakhs of people. Last year, the festival saw more than 10 lakh people and having such a huge gathering during the current situation increases the risk of infections.”
According to the TSTDC, around 40 kite flyers from 15 countries and 60 from India would participate in the festival with their beautiful kites.
The cancellation of the event would bring huge losses to several entrepreneurs in Telangana.
In addition to the losses, people would miss hundreds of sweets and snacks stalls organised during the event.
Makar Sankranti would be celebrated on the 14th of January in India.