It is yet another year of festivities, and you inevitably inhale and exhale the aroma of celebration that spreads in the air during this time. And by any chance if you have even 30 percent genes of a Bengali, residing in any part of the world, then your heart must have already started to jiggle on the beats of ‘dhaak’. Eagerly waiting for the homecoming of the beloved Durga Ma and her children.
Durga Puja is an emotion that cannot be expressed, one has to be soaked in it to feel it. The old tale says that the tradition of Durga Puja is dated back to 14 th century, initiated by the zamindars of Dinajpur and since then the flame of the torch bearer is kept alive over the years by the enthusiasts.
The craze of the festival is instilled in every bong’s heart and there are unlimited reasons to be crazy about it.
It is not just only about tradition, rituals, and ceremony, but also the homecoming of the deity signifies togetherness by bringing everyone under one roof and celebrating the oneness.It is that time of the year where you will find most of the fashionistas trotting in their brand new clothes, freshly out of the fashion couture. The trail of shopping begins months before, when the malls and the stores start giving lucrative discounts for puja.
Although the Oxford dictionary doesn’t say so, but if you know any Bengali then you must know that they are synonym of food lover. For the whole of the country ‘Navratra’ means fasting but for the fish eaters it is no less than a food festival. No matter how much dieting they do the whole year, they will let loose for this time of the season.
The city is practically awake for these four days. You will find thousands of souls on a spree of pandal hopping. The extravagant pandals which are rich in creativity are worth visiting. The beautiful amalgamation of tradition and art is a true treat for the eyes.
Bengalis are ardent lovers of art, literature and cultural activities. They vent out all their cultural fervour during these days. The mornings will be enlightened with the soothing melody of Ravindra sangeet which you could hear of in every nook and corner of the street and in nights numerous feet beat on the sound of dhaaks and perform dhunuchi dance. It is a form of dance which is done by holding a hot clay burning incense on the palms and head. Although it looks risky, but they won’t mind doing it once.
You can’t really win with a Bengali, when it comes to gossiping and having a good ‘adda’. For the Bongs it is a different high altogether to sit near the pandals and having a long chit chat with their pals.
For the rest of the world, Durga puja might look like any other religious celebration. But there is more to it than what others see. You don’t have to be a Bengali to experience it, be a part of it and you will get to know.