Durga pooja is around the corner! I can’t believe the year has gone so fast. We Bengalis live from Pooja to Pooja. Since I’m a probashi Bengali, we celebrate it in a slightly different manner. For starters, there is no pandal hopping. The cultural programs are worked on with zest from months ahead. Shopping of course starts as early as possible. A big part of pooja is the shopping. We are supposed to wear new clothes each day for the pooja both in the morning and the evening. Couple that with the fact that the pooja goes on for minimum 5 days, and you know why I love pooja!
I love the idols, the decoration, the hoi-choi (roughly translated, it means madness; Hindi’s “hulchul” comes close), the loud shouts of “Durga Mai ki joi”, the dhotis that uncles wear, the smiles, the dancing, the fights (oh yes! that’s there too!), the gossip, the music, the kids running around, new clothes, the competitions, the flirting…you name it, pooja has it.
This time the Durga pooja is from 9th Oct to 12 Oct. We all have responsibilities: mine is to conduct a Quiz program for all age groups. Wish me luck!