Do you work abroad? Are you sad because you will miss the festive mood of Dussehra, pandal decoration, dandiya-night, music and a lot more fun?
It is time to cheer up!! Durga Puja, the holy Indian festival for celebrating the legendary victory of Goddess Kali over a demon king Mahishasur is no more limited within India. Starting from 1st Oct to 11th Oct, the celebration goes on for nine nights and ten days. The nine nights better known as Navratri are dedicated to nine different manifestations of female energy expressed by mother Durga. The tenth day or Vijay-Dashmi epitomizes the destruction of all kinds of evil powers. Amidst chants and prayers, the celebration of Navratri (nine nights) begins with Mahalaya. People from India who are living abroad have taken this festival to different countries where it is now celebrated as enthusiastically as in India.
Here are seven places abroad where you will find the same verve for Dussehra as in India.
With the support of Incredible India campaign by India’s Ministry of Tourism, Swisspuja, a socio-cultural organization celebrates the event of Durga Puja in Switzerland every year. Those who are willing to join this year’s celebration can click this Invitation page on Facebook to check the details. In the picture below, you can see an idol of deity Durga from the Pandal of Zurich, Switzerland.
Durga Puja Pandal, spiritual ritual of Arti by holding Dhuanchi incense in hands, you can experience the famous Bengali festival in its full glory in Jakarta. Here are pictures showing women dressed in traditional Bengali sari who are performing Dhuanchi.
In Seattle, a Bengali community named as Uttoron invite people for community gathering where they celebrate the festival with cultural programs and events. Bellevue College is chosen as the venue for celebrating Durga Puja this year.
There are many puja committees in different parts of London that celebrates the auspicious occasion every year. The All Hindu Temple in Leeds run by a NGO organizes a series of functions including Arti, Pushpanjali and Prasad distribution during Durga Puja week every year. This year, you will be able to enjoy the playful moments of the traditional vermilion (Sindoor) ceremony at South London and see a live colossal Mahishasura-mardini dance at Camden.
If you are one of the greatest fans of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem and songs, then you can rejoice these evergreen Bengali songs along with instrumental music this year with Edmonton Bengali Association in Canada. Looking for some place closer to Calgary, then you should like to check Bengali Association of Calgary where you will be a part of cultural programs, religious songs, dances and recitations.
7% of the total Malaysian population is that of Indians. When in Malasiya, you can connect to the socio-cultural community Malasiyan Bengali Association for the celebrating Durga Puja. Social gathering to drama, dance and music, it organizes festive celebration for you every year on Dushhera.
Last year, the pandal decoration of Dum Dum Park in Kolkata based on the theme of Japanese paper-craft art Kirigami attracted everyone’s attention. In the similar way, to cultivate cultural integrity beyond borders, the Bengali community The India Cultural Association Japan organizes Durga Puja function in Japan. The function commences with an arti which is then followed by a series of mesmerizing cultural events.
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