Mumbai/Chennai, November 19: On the occasion of Ekadashi, liquor shops will remain closed in Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra. The single-day ban on sale is enforced by the administration to respect the sentiments of Hindu believers who consider the day auspicious and may deem it derogatory or inappropriate if alcohol is openly purchased and consumed.
Similarly, the administration in Chennai has issued an order prohibiting the sale of alcohol on November 21 -- when Muslims will celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Eid-e-Milad 2018 Celebrations: Procession to be Taken Out Under Drone Surveillance in Lucknow.
As per the order issued by the Chennai Collectorate, all Tasmac liquor shops, along with bars and fine dine lounges, will face penal action if they sell alcohol. The bars attached to restaurants must remain completely shut on Wednesday, said Collector A Shanmuga Sundaram. List of Dry Days of 2018 in India: Check Dates When Alcohol is Not For Sale.
Since the Indian society is largely rooted in conservatism, with all major religions of the world being practiced on the nation's soil, the government resorts to measures which protect the sentiments of believers.
Dry days -- 'days when sale of liquor is banned' -- are observed on dates of major festivals, along with the birth anniversaries of founding fathers of our nation.