Friday, December 14, 2007

Durga Puja

Durga Puja is celebrated with joy all over India, but especially in West Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of gaiety wherein singing, dancing and distribution of sweets are an integral part of Durga Puja festival.The worship of Durga is mostly conducted in the autumn in the form of largest Hindu festival of Bengal. Puja means "worship," and Durga's Puja is celebrated from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashwin, which is the sixth month in the Bengali calendar.  Occasionally however, due to shifts in the lunar cycle relative to the solar months, it may also be held in the following month, Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, these dates correspond to the months of September and October.

 Durga Puja is also celebrated in our neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan. In these countries, the Puja is conducted as per local rules and customs. They have their own traditions in which they worship the Goddess.

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