Durga Puja is one of the prime festivals of the Bengalis and is a popular festival celebrated in India. It is celebrated in eastern India and West Bengal with great pomp. The celebrations span four days, and Goddess Durga is worshipped during this time. There is a lot of celebration and fanfare during this festival.
Durga Puja is a celebrated over ten day all over India, particularly in Bengal. Stalls with the idol of Goddess Durga are put up in many places, and for the nine days, there are cultural programs with a lot of religious or film music playing though the loud speakers.
It is a very important festival and an event for socializing for women. Women dance the traditional dances and exchange vermillion to pit on their foreheads.
Durga Puja is a symbol of the woman power slaying the demon Mahishasur as described in the Hindu mythology.
The Goddess is also worshipped in the form of a small girl, and hence some people invite a few girls for a meal and give them presents while taking their blessings.
On the tenth day of Durga Puja, the idol is taken in a procession for immersion in a lake or a sea, marking the end of Durga Puja. This day is also known as Dussehra.
Conclusion: Of the many festivals that come in the period between monsoon and winter, Durga Puja is one, and it precedes Diwali. There is a holiday for this festival in all offices, businesses and educational institutes in West Bengal. Traditional Bengali food is cooked during this festival. This festival is also celebrated in countries such as Australia, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and others.