5 countries where Durga Puja is celebrated like India

Panchali Dey, TIMESOFINDIA.COM, TRAVEL TRENDS, WORLD Updated : Oct 13, 2021, 09:59 IST

5 countries where Durga Puja is celebrated like IndiaCredit: iStock

5 countries where Durga Puja is celebrated like India

Durga Puja is a festival that is celebrated not only in India, but also in many other countries, including Australia, the UK, US, and many others. These countries celebrate the festival with much enthusiasm, and marks the time when the festive mood and surreal atmosphere that surrounds the festival attract people of all regions to be a part of the celebrations.

Here’s a list of other countries where Durga Puja is celebrated like India.

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Also known as Dashain, Nepal celebrates it as a 10-day festival. The country also celebrates this festival on the same dates as India, and follows most of the patterns of celebration. Here, the King plays a prominent role during this grand 10-day festival. Dashin not only witnesses religious observance, but it is also the time when people also take a break from their work to spend time with their families, when all public institutions, schools and colleges remain closed, and buses don’t ply.

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The country, being home to the second-largest group of Hindu Bengalis, celebrates Durga Puja in the most flourishing manner. The festival is celebrated in almost every city and district. Temples are decorated with idols of the goddess, where devotees go to pray and seek blessings for peace and prosperity.

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The United Kingdom

Durga Puja is celebrated by the residing Indian community with great fervour. Several organizers import idols of Goddess Durga, and celebrate this occasion in the most authentic Bengali manner. These associations further conduct activities for people to engage with each other, and spread love and unity during this time.

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The United States of America

Durga Puja is celebrated in the US with much enthusiasm and fervour, mostly because there are a good number of Indians residing there, especially Bengalis. Celebration of this 5-day festival started here in the early 1970s, and is now being celebrated in all 50 states of the country.

Several associations across the country organize this 5-day festival with full dedication, where people gather, meet, greet and spend time together to celebrate.

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As per the records, Durga Puja was initially started in 1974 by 12 families in New South Wales; it is now celebrated in all the major cities of Australia!

In Sydney, tons of Bengali immigrants, and other members of the Indian diaspora, gather on the first day of the puja, and set the ball rolling for further celebrations. In Melbourne, this festival is celebrated in the southern suburb of Keysborough, where the puja is a community affair, and everyone takes part in the process.

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