It is important for your child to know about the significance of each festival to understand the traditions and culture better. Don't make your child follow the rituals blindly. Explain what each of them means.
While spending five days offering prayers to idols of Goddess Durga and hopping pandals is a popular practice during Durga Puja every year, dumping the idols in rivers is also an annual event. Isn't it high time we stop choking our rivers in the name of faith?
Durga Puja and Kumartuli have somehow become complementary to each other. Year after year, the artists here make the idols, with some of them having dedicated their lives to this profession. This 73-year-old man, Samir Pal, is one of them. A photo essay by Shashi Ghosh
One of the most anticipated festivals, Durga Puja begins with Mahalaya. The day marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and end of Pitru-Paksha and is looked forward to by Bengalis all across the universe with a lot of anticipation and zeal.
Highlighting communal harmony, love for football and bringing diverse themes like the intricacies of human mind and the spirit of freedom to the fore, 68 community Durga puja organisers paraded their award-winning idols in the West Bengal government organised carnival.
On the auspicious festival of Durga Puja, Kumari Puja is a special attraction. It is held to celebrate faith on mother nature by ceremoniously worshipping young girls as an incarnation of the Divine Mother.