About the festival
- Durga Puja is an annual festival celebrated in September or October, most notably in Kolkata, in West Bengal, but also in other parts of India.
- It marks the ten-day worship of the Hindu mother-goddess Durga.
- It is a five-day event that begins on the fifth night of the Navratri festival and concludes on Dashami, the tenth day.
- Durga Puja is seen as the best instance of the public performance of religion and art, and as a thriving ground for collaborative artists and designers.
- The festival is characterized by large-scale installations and pavilions in urban areas, as well as by traditional Bengali drumming and veneration of the goddess.
- It is included in UNESCO’s “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
Why in News?
- The President of India Droupadi Murmu has sent her greetings to fellow citizens on the eve of Durga Puja.