5 ways a Bengali gains from the festival of Durga Puja

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Durga Puja
Durga Puja. (Source: Khoobsurati.com)

It’s that time of the year again. The wait to celebrate the occasion of Maa Durga visiting her paternal home is now over and we are all set to indulge ourselves into the next few days of fun and contentment.

Durga Pujo holds a special place in the hearts of every Bangali. This is a festival wherein people go beyond the religious constraints as we break the monotony of routine and enjoy the festival as much as Maa Durga is assumed to enjoy visiting the mortal world.

So while you are all excited to fulfill all the commitments and plans you have made for this Puja, sit back and go through these 5 ways how a Bengali gains from Durga Puja.

1. A welcome break from the hectic schedules and routines:

The “Pujo Pujo Bhaab” brings along the chance to stray away from the restrictions thrust upon us by our daily life, with it. This is the time when that person having a sweet tooth who is not allowed to fulfill his heart’s desire because of some health issues can always gobble up a few of his favourites over an adda in the para pandal without any reprimand. Or we, the people with strict curfew guidelines enforced by our parents, can afford to not play by the rules for this one week. Ah! Bliss.

2. Catching up with friends:

This is the time to socialise. Durga Pujo provides us with a great opportunity to catch up with friends who have been seperated by the course of each other’s lives, sometimes by cities sometimes even by countries, reminiscing about old times.

3. Upholds the Bengali culture and heritage:

The grandeur and magnificence our Pujo celebration epitomizes, one that sweeps through not only Kolkata but eminent cities and countries all around the globe, is bound to make any Bangali proud. The commercial aplomb that the Durga Puja has experienced has elevated it to the status of one of the greatest festivals in India without compromising on the religious side of it. If at all the commercialization has had an effect, it is beneficial. The beauty of the age old traditions like Pushpanjali and Dhunuchi Naach now has a more widespread recognition.

4. Brings out the energy lying dormant in the city:

Kolkata is known as the ‘City of Joy’ and at this time of the year, we understand exactly why. Any nook and corner of the city will show people pumped with excitement, refusing to die down even in the energy sapping lines that are formed infront of most pandals. And this is the time when people from different age groups and all sections of society has the leisure to fill themselves with happiness.

5. New Clothes:

Well. This might be understated but it is equally essential for boys. Afterall everyone wants to rock that traditional look during Pushpanjali (we all want the cute girls to stare at someone apart from the idols, don’t we? *wink*) and what better way to do it than having a new traditional wear fitted into our wardrobe! Our parents tell us stories about how during their childhood they only used to buy new clothes during Durga Puja and Noboborsho (Bengali New Year) and what unspeakable happiness it brought to them. In present times, maybe new clothes are bought at any time of the year but that essence of happiness of going for Pujo Shopping never fizzles, does it?

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