Have you ever wondered how much fun it would be to pandal hop in a foreign land? With Mahalaya just over, this Durga Puja, cherish the fun of pandal hopping in the never imagined continent of North America. Here’s where you need to head. By Deepali Sharma
Kick start your Durga puja festivities from Nebraska. The Bengali Samiti of Nebraska oraganises Durga puja at a large scale to inculcate the traditional value in Indian-American youth. Take part in authentic Bengali bhogs and sindoor khela with the community celebrating the spiritual heritage in the North American continent.
Activate your pandal hopping from Nebraska to Charlotte, North Carolina. Probasi, the Bengali Community of Charlotte celebrate Durga Puja at the Hindu Centre of Charlotte’s Vihar Hall. Don’t forget to savour the mouthwatering bhog along with enjoying the cultural programmes at this pandal.
Hop onto the next Durga puja celebrations at Gaithersburg High School, Washington DC. Sanskriti never fails to organise amazing puja events. Cherish the festivities with astonishing evenings of performances by the famous Durnibar Saha as well as Somlata and the Aces Band.
Admire the Bengali culture with Garden State Cultural Association in New Jersey. Participate in the joyous occasion with Jeet Ganguly who is supposed to attend the puja.
5. New York
If you’re in New York, enjoy the festivities of Durga Puja with East Coast Durga Puja Association. This Indian American Organisation offers authentic Bengali settings and customs in NYC. It is said to be the mother of all Indian American organisations that celebrate Durga Puja in North America because of the scale of celebrations.
And your pandal hopping ends in Canada. Bask in the community feeling and brotherhood miles away from home in Toronto. Amar Pujo Cultural Association of Toronto will welcome Ma this year too with magnificent Bengali delights like ‘Bhuri Bhoj’ and majestic theatricals representing the culture.
Happy pandal hopping!