If you’re planning a trip to Europe this October but worried about missing out on Durga Puja, there’s good news. Wander into the pujas organised by the king-size Bengali communities in these European cities to feel right at home. By Deepali Sharma
Embrace your roots in Scotland this October with the Durga Puja organised by the Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad. This Bengali Association in Glasgow celebrated Durga Puja for the first time in 1981. Since then, the association has come a long way, relishing the event in the grandest way possible.
If you’re in London, you will be far from disappointed. The London Durga Puja Dusserah Association will have you join the gala at the Hampstead Town Hall, Belsize Park. Initiated by young Bengali students in 1963, the association now is larger and stronger, and organises Durga Puja in a grand manner with the help of prosperous Asian communities and their own fraternity. The Durga Puja in London also attracts communities from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Germany. Celebrate the tradition with spectacular cultural programmes presented by young and old artists.
Take a four-hour ride on Eurostar from London to get to the Netherlands. In Voorschoten, the Kallol, Indian Bengali Association has been celebrating Durga Puja massively for the last eight years. Join in on the fun of ‘pure unlimited adda’ as promised by Kallol.
From the Netherlands, move on to be a part of the 44th Durgotsav in Berlin this year. Enjoy performances as you would have in the evenings back at home or take part in the open stage at Durga Puja Berlin.
This list cannot be complete without a mention of Copenhagen. Who would have known that a Nordic country had as much interest in Durga Puja as us? Bengalis in Denmark is a cultural organisation that gets together to celebrate Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja and other cultural events and bring together the Bengali community in the far north. This year, Emon Chatterjee flies down to Copenhagen to woo the crowds with his tracks on 21st October 2018.