Things you can’t miss during Durga Puja
It’s that time of the year when you can smell Durga puja in the year.Yes folks Durga puja is around the corner and we are getting all excited about it! The delicious bhog, dressed-to-the-nines aunties, all night long celebrations, larger than life pandals… these are all staples of the puja that take the fun and excitement quotient of the festivities several notches up.If you are a Bengali you know the drill but for all those non-Bengalis out there, here is a list of things that you must not miss around Durga puja.
1. Mouth-watering delicacies
If you are a foodie then Durga puja is the perfect time to set your taste buds aflutter. From luchi to shukto and from sandesh to kolar bora; the food you get is of to-die-for variety. So leave your dieting plans for some other day and just dig into that yummy mangsher singara before they run out of it.
2. Dolled-up women
Bengali women are a sight during this time of the wear. Decked up in their finest, they can give any Karan Johar heroine a run for their money.
3. Meeting old friends
Pandals are the best social networking medium to count upon. Since everyone in town makes it a point to attend the pujo, you are bound to bump into your old pals. So if you haven’t seen that school friend of yours for ages, you know where to head.
4. Theme based pandals
Puja pandals are known to be modelled after various themes. From replicating the sets of the latest blockbuster to making a social statement, experimenting with themes seems like the ‘in’ thing with the organisers. And as long as the tradition of fun and gaiety is not meddled with, who really cares about the theme?!
5. All night long celebrations
Durga Puja is good news for all the youngsters. Unlimited outings with friends to go pandal hopping every night and wavier of curfew hours means they can dance the night away and give a damn about everything else.
6. Steal deals
While we look forward to summer and winter sales at a mall near us, Bengalis have a special tradition of puja sale. From winter clothing to new curtains for the drawing room, everything is bought around this time of the year.
7. People dancing to the beats of ‘Dhak’
There is something mesmerising about the sound of the dhak. Your feet automatically start tapping and even before you know you are already dancing.
8. ‘Sindoor Khela’ ceremony
The last day of the celebrations is a sight to behold. On the last day of Durga puja, women apply sindoor (vermilion) on the goddess’s feet or forehead and then start applying it to all the married women around, smearing each other with it. A fun ritual, all married woman look forward to being a part of it as it is considered auspicious.