Happy Days!

Someone I know observed that it’s the build-up to the Durga Puja which is more exciting than the actual Puja. The actual Puja days pass so quickly, that often one can’t account for the four days. But then, this is no time to do boring stuff like accounting. This is the time to have fun, meet friends and family, eat food, and be happy. At least for four days of the year, all Bengalis are happy! Even after the end of Puja (Dashami or Dusshera), we go and visit relatives with mandatory sweets. This year though, our extended family made a change to this tradition and arranged a potluck instead. Needless to say, that was awesome fun; and healthy too :-)

Talking about change: A few environment friendly changes to Puja have been implemented in recent times. The tradition of releasing Nilkantha bird has been practically stopped since it is now a endangered specie. The idols (during Bisarjan – marking the end of celebrations) are immersed in the water, but immediately taken off to prevent pollution. These are welcome steps which will also spread awareness about environment.

I was in Kolkata during Pujas this time after a few years, and I had a hell of a time! Subho Bijoya / Happy Dusshera.

7 comments:

Kanu said...

Festivals are always nice...

Reeta Skeeter said...

Interesting changes to the tradition.. must say!

B. O'Hemian said...

@Kanu
They are... it spreads positivity!

@Reeta
:-)

~ Deeps ~ said...

i wish they do something out there in del w.r.t envt.

Rohit Talwar said...

I am really happy about reading the taking out of the immersed idols thing. And what are you saying about 4 days - I think it starts off pretty early. Abhi to Diwali hai.. madness is right here in this city.

Grrrp.

Butterfly said...

Yeah, the build-up to the Durga Puja is always more exciting. In fact, the build-up to anything happy is more exciting than the actual thing.

And sweets after Bijoya! I love sweets!

B. O'Hemian said...

@Deeps
They should, not only in Delhi, but everywhere. At least it raises awareness.

@RT
Oh Diwali madness, that's crazy!

@Butterfly
Aah, I love sweets too :-)