Holiday is a special day of celebration set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. India, being a culturally diverse country, celebrates various holidays and festivals. India has three national holidays –
Republic Day (26-January), Independence Day (15-August) and Gandhi Jayanthi (02-October). Other popular holidays include – Guru Nanak Jayanti, Vaisakhi, Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivratri, Janmashtami, Saraswati Puja, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Milad un-Nabi, Muharram, Christmas, Good Friday etc.
Isha Koppikar’s holiday ritual happens to be visiting the UK twice a year. Isha loves the winters and so does her daughter Rianna.
However, this time around the family is cautious given the rising cases of covid. The family is sticking to the necessary protocols while on a holiday there. “They are avoiding the crowded indoor places and sticking to sightseeing and eating at places where the norms are being strictly followed” said a friend.
Isha told us, “The UK is one of my most favourite vacation destinations. We also have loving friends and family there. They make it even more worthy to spend our time here. This time it’s different as we are double vigilant because of the new wave.
We are not going to any indoor places which are crowded. We are travelling and carrying theplas, dry bhel, nuts etc, so that we don’t have to eat out much other than maybe our own restaurants cause we are very particular about maintaining covid guidelines and protocols. Especially with kids, one has to be extremely careful and cautious. We would be here for a few more days before we head back to India.”
She adds, “We have learnt to appreciate life all the more due to the pandemic. So keep your friends and family close and show them that you love them and care for them, especially your elders and parents.”