Its Festival Time
It’s the Puja time here in most of the parts of India. Durga Puja was celebrated on 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October, 2012 here in India. Different part of the country observes it different way with Navaratri rituals and many fun fares. The detailed rituals and other relevant features are all very much available online in many websites. This hub is about the special feeling about the Puja festival at this particular juncture of time.
Arrival of Durga puja ….First mark:-
The bumper to bumper traffic in the road which makes the time to reach home that is 8 KMs away from office almost one hour. Then suddenly I always tend to realize that it’s Durga Puja. was the specialty of this wonderful City of Guwahati. The concerned authority who has supposed to plan the smooth traffic flow in and around the city may feel proud to showcase their show of fantastic traffic snarls during the main festivals even from beforehand. Everyone gets sick of the growing pathetic traffic show but none has any way out. So I always try to enjoy the time listening to my fav music and just take a catnap while waiting to reach my destination either way. We were planning a family holiday so I would sure miss the most fantastically pathetic main show of the traffic position in my city here during the whole Durga Puja duration. But the curtain raiser almost sure deserves many accolades.
The shopping hustle hours……Second mark:
The shopping carnival around the cities is a much waited fare for all the Puja enthusiasts around the world. The discounts and many offers are what many people wait for may be lone time to buy some precious things like cars, jewelleries, costly household goods etc. The shopping malls and good old Fancy Bazar areas are all so much filled with people that it’s almost impossible to walk there. The ladies always use to have gala time with the new Puja special arrivals with all matching accessories to get prepared for their much awaited Durga Puja. The beauty salons get all very busy for the pre- Puja preparations for the ladies even the gents also.
The food side tale….Third mark:
We Assamese people do not get busy to make delicacies during Durga Puja. But a visit to Bengali household or other communities can make the gastronomy inducements out of control for the extravaganza of many traditional as well as new dishes during this festival. Including vegetarian and non – vegetarian with sweet deserts it’s a culinary riot and the weight watchers should for some time forget the scales as its next to impossible to control the culinary attractions. Then the hotel and restaurants have the most profitable business compared to whole year as almost all the families make it a point to eat out after much Pendal ( Puja) hopping during the four days of celebrations.
The celebrations……Fourth mark:
Present status of Durga Puja celebration has took a twist in the way of observation in Apartment buildings amidst the flat residents which is a common phenomena may be in Delhi, Kolkata or other cities. But this trend is little new in Guwahati City. The traditional way of observing the Puja was actually with the donation of cash or kind (Chanda or patronization by everybody as per their own capacity) in an area popularly known as Para. Now it has been a style to celebrate in the Apartment complex with much fan fare among the residents with functions and community feast and many other programmes. The colourful and glittering decorations make the Apartments very beautiful and the bond between the people increases as most of them remain very busy otherwise in their lives with their job or profession. Mainly the children use to have a very enjoyable time with new toys and gifts. Meetings with relatives and friends always are a must agenda during this Puja holidays. Then the holiday trips are all very popular as most of the family members have a break during this time after exams and all. So many people go out for a family holiday may be far or nearby places. The weather also remains very pleasant for trips during this period of the year.
The fatigue afterward……Fifth mark:
Now as the Durga Puja is over and with this festival we welcome the festive season of the year. But after the celebrations and extravaganza the City wears a deserted look on and after Dusherra as the people become very tired for the late night outs for the festivals etc. Its as if the tiredness of the people just slips to the city as well. The people who return from holiday trips also always are tired for the hectic schedule with sightseeing and shopping etc.
Festivals continue……so far so good:
Then it’s Laxmi Puja on 29th of Oct this year – its today. Laxmi Puja is the celebration of Goddess of wealth, money etc. Mainly Bengali people celebrate this Laxmi Puja on this date as some other communities celebrate the Laxmi puja during Kali Puja and Diwali. Its little confusing also but then who cares as all get busy to welcome the Goddess of wealth to own homes for much prosperity. We Assamese do not have any bindings and many of us tend to celebrate both the occasions. As I have been brought up in quite a Bengali surrounding I always observe this Laxmi Puja with fasting, Prayers, then cook Khichdi, Kheer, Labda, Tomato Tok, Bengan Bhaja etc etc. We get half holiday from Office to celebrate this Puja.
This is a light glimpse of our traditions and festivals. Mainly about individual feelings on this special occasions and the fringe consequence that is left on mind canvas. The rituals and rules of the festivals are all quite available on many websites. But then we Assamese people do not tend to have very rigid rituals on the celebrations of Puja so far. Likewise it is only attempted here to pen down the mixed feelings that have been realized during this time of the year specially.
Thank you for reading this.