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What Durga Puja Means to Bengalis Around the World

In the run up to Durga Puja 2021, we spoke to Bengalis around the world to understand what Pujo means to them.

Pujo for most, isn’t just about the four days. It’s about the run up to Pujo, which involves shopping for new clothes, booking tickets to back home if you live outside and making endless plans. It’s the preparation for it that makes the joy last much longer than just those four days. 

From Mahalaya to the Bhashan on Dashami, different events appeal to different people. Some look forward to the food, some to the pandal hopping and for some, it’s just about the charm of homecoming. However, overarchingly, it’s a time for bonding, celebration and joy for all. 

For those living abroad, Durga Pujo has an entirely different meaning. They spend it over the weekend, and try their hardest to recreate a part of home in a foreign land. 

No matter whether one is six years old, or sixty, Durga Pujo indeed brings a smile to every Bengali’s face. 

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