Celebration Of Durga Puja

Celebration Of Durga Puja

Historically, the first celebration of Durga Puja began more than 700 years ago in Bengal by an influential king. In modern times, Durga Puja is celebrated with much enthusiasm, pomp and grandeur, especially in Kolkata, where millions of people get directly involved in the fun and merriment of the gala. People indulge in shopping garments, night-long pandal-hopping, wearing new clothes, eating out, cooking new recipes, take part in cultural programs and many other forms of entertainment. Even thousands of foreigners from around the world visit the city to witness this extremely popular festival and be a part of it. The whole city effulges with garlands and patterns of colorful lights. Thousands of magnanimous and beautiful pandals made for the Goddess are pure form of aesthetics and art. The whole city turns to a land of dreams. It is also the time to return home and join the family. A 5-day holiday is observed almost in all working places. These 5 days are the holidays and celebrations all Bengalis around the globe look forward to, round the year. Probably, Durga Puja is the biggest Indian festival from the standpoint of spirit, grandeur, celebration and participation, and has made its place beyond religious, cultural and social boundaries, and hence, it’s also rightly defined as ‘Durgotsav’- the festival of Durga, or ‘Shaaradotsav’- the festival of the Indian season of ‘Sharat’.

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