Mohun Bagan Will Not Hold 'Bar Puja' Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

KOLKATA: Breaking tradition, city football giants Mohun Bagan On Sunday he said that they were forced not to hold the usual Bar Puja this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Kolkata Maidan celebrates the traditional "Bar Puja" on the first day of the Bengali New Year, which is on April 14 this year. This is a ritual worshiping the bar posts on either end, which earlier used to officially mark the starting of a new football season.

It is very unfortunate that we need to suspend the usual ritual that we follow on Bengali New Year's Day every year. But in the current condition, the safety of our fans, colleagues is our top priority and with this in mind, we had to take into account this difficult decision. We sincerely hope the difficult time is over, said the club's secretary general. Srinjoy Bose he said in a statement.

Mohun Bagan have already emerged as the champions of the I-League with four rounds to go. The League, however, is yet to be completed and the matches are put on hold owing to the outbreak.

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The green and brown brigade also donated Rs 20 lakh to west of bengal State Emergency Aid Fund to help medical workers and hospitals combat the global pandemic.

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