Various district administrations throughout the country have urged citizens not to use tricolour face masks or flag masks and plastic flags on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations for that would be a violation of the Flag Code of India Act – 2002.
The citizens are advised by the district administrations especially not to use masks depicting the tricolour of the national flag but invariably use other face masks. It is compulsory that citizens should respect the national flag and abide by the Flag Code.
We have been seeing Independence Day gifts and articles every year – flags of different sizes, balloons, T-shirts, headgear, wrist bands and so many of them but did we ever think of the tricolour as a face cover? Well, the pandemic has made people really innovative.
The mandatory face mask, amid the coronavirus pandemic, is evolving in different ways nearly every day. From the usual blue surgical masks to the more ethnic printed stuff and even gold and diamond ones, masks have undergone a makeover in the last four odd months. Now, you have the tricolour face mask ahead of Independence Day on August 15.
Tricolour masks are now common at shops selling hand sanitizers, disinfectants and other protective Covid gear. Children are particularly enthusiastic about such masks.
This Independence Day will be very different, not in spirit but in the way celebrations happen across the country. The 74th Independence Day this year will be different from what we have been celebrating so far. Though the national flag of different sizes, balloons, T-shirts, headgear, wrist bands and so many other Independence Day related products have flooded the markets in Assam, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit the celebration tempo hard.
Every year, before Independence Day bulk orders for national flags, would be placed by corporate offices, housing societies, schools and colleges. But this year, vendors have expressed that their sales are too low compared to what it used to be.