Last updated on October 17, 2019
Therefore, it’s not surprising that the neighborhood, that has its existence all around the world, requires its Durga Puja where it travels. Even though Bengalis living in India are experiencing post-Durga Puja nostalgia, Bongs across the globe have only just finished with their parties.
Communities within this portion of the world rarely stick to the astrological timings of this four-day festival. In the UK, but the festivities happened with those back home, and wrapped up in 2 weeks.
“We’re a tiny community in Nottingham observing puja for the next year now. It began with five households and has gotten larger. It is not merely a Bengali festival for us, because individuals from different communities participate, which makes it more of a cultural action,” state Bonny Ghosh Mitra, one of the organizers of this festival.
While Nottingham is at the East Midlands of the UK, using significantly less Bengali population and not as much buzz, the spectacle in central London is rather different. “That is my very first puja from home. I am overlooking Kolkata’s pandal-hopping and flavorful home-cooked food, but I’ve been a part of a group, Indian Bengali in the UK, where all of the Bengalis living in UK and London come together to celebrate puja. We’d gone outside for a picnic too. That type of paid the lack of household throughout the festival,” states Dr Anirban Ray Chaudhury.
Europe has welcomed Bengalis with open arms and each nation has a neighborhood celebrating Ma Shakti for many years now. They’ve celebrated the 28th edition of this puja this past year. “What I love about the festival is that the relatability,” [the similarity] involving the civilizations and the nations. I will return.
Similar notions were voiced by Debosmit, that has been seeing this puja for eight decades now and has made the town his property. “I have my collection of friends and we come here annually. Roshogolla, patishapta, jhal muri, along with other straightforward items served here allow me to overlook Kolkata a bit less,” he states.
Poulomi and Cosmica are all puja fans who travel all of the way from Belgium into the West German city to provide Anjali (offering made to the goddess), consume khichuri blog and participate in their cultural exhibits too. “I’ve seen many pujas in Europe. It’s so well-organized along with the food and ambiance reminded me of Kolkata. There’s not any entrance free and everybody is welcomed and they’re even invited to take part in the cultural displays. Along with the homemade candies are a winner!” States Poulomi.
Techie Saptarshi Bera, who practices photography as a hobby,” states that pujas at the lap of the Alps marginally make him overlook homeless. “I reside in Zurich and also the largest Durga puja festival in Switzerland occurs. I like to catch moments, the gorgeous fall, and, needless to say, that the deity. I do miss my town, my mom and residence, but the heat of the place and also the gist of the environment, compensate for this.”
For Garima Sarkar, Puja isn’t just the homecoming of this goddess but also that of her husband — both happen to be at a long-distance union for a while now. “My husband resides in Texas and he’s flying to Canada to get puja. Thus, it’s special for me. We move there to be a part of these festivities. Puja is also about feeding and cooking our nearest and dearest. I’ve chosen new recipes, I have experimented with through puja.”
The organizers enjoy saying that the festival was a melting pot of various cultures, together with Bengalis, both the Indian and Bangladeshi origin living in New York taking part and making it a victory.
“We’ve managed to invite a multitude of popular artists from Kolkata to do at the festival. This calendar year, (celebrity ) Rituparna Sengupta and (singer) Anupam Roy were a part of the parties,” states Prabir Roy, the former president of this organization, which began in 1970. The pandal watched 700 visitors daily for three successive days.
Celebrating puja at the West Coast of the US for 10 decades today, Amrita Ghosh out of Kolkata claims that Puja at America is similar to a neighborhood festival in which a few of Bengalis get together over a weekend. Exactly the identical idol, sent from India, is worshipped for 4-5 decades. In most instances, the four-day festival is squeezed into two weeks, which can be a perfect case of necessity being the mother of innovation.
“A great deal of attention is on cultural applications in which members of all age classes are invited to take part in singing, drama, classical dancing, showcasing Bengali culture. However that the pandal and artwork are missing because of logistical limitations,” says Amrita.
Bongs flourish on festivity and Durga Puja is the largest of these.