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Kolkata celebrates many festivals throughout the year. Major festivals include Durga Puja and Kali Puja, which are held in autumn every year. Featuring colourful pandals, decorative ambience including lighting and fireworks, Kolkata sets the perfect environment for celebrating festivals that throw light on the cultural and traditional history of the city.

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Durga Puja

Puja of Ma Durga is the most important and major festival of Bengalis, for which they wait the whole year.

Calcutta Durga Puja festival is celebrated on a large scale with great pomp and gaiety. With rituals involving worshipping of mother Durga - the Goddess of power, the puja marks the victory of Ma Durga over the demon Mahishasura. Usually taking place during the autumn period from September-October, the Durga puja involves the performance of a long series of rituals all dedicated to celebrate victory of good over evil.

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Durga Puja

Puja of Ma Durga is the most important and major festival of Bengalis, for which they wait the whole year. Calcutta Durga Puja festival is celebrated on a large scale with great pomp and gaiety. With rituals involving worshipping of mother Durga - the Goddess of power, the puja marks the victory of Ma Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

Usually taking place during the autumn period from September-October, the Durga puja involves the performance of a long series of rituals all dedicated to celebrate victory of good over evil.

Lakshmi Puja

Falling in the month of October, about 5 days after Mahadashami. Laxmi Puja forms an important occasion for the city of Kolkata.

This festival offers prayers to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, peace and prosperity. As a part of celebration of the festivity of Laxmi puja, the local markets of Kolkata are beautifully decorated where the shops get flooded with the idols of Laxmi seated on a lotus.

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Lakshmi Puja

Falling in the month of October, about 5 days after Mahadashami. Laxmi Puja of Kolkata is an important occasion, in which prayers are offered to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, peace and prosperity.

As a part of celebration of the festivity of Laxmi puja, the local markets of Kolkata are beautifully decorated where the shops get flooded with the idols of Laxmi seated on a lotus.

Saraswati Puja

One of the biggest occasion in Kolkata – the Saraswati Puja takes place during the period between late January and early February.

Celebrated with great pomp and show, it is on this day that the youngest female of the family is asked to dress up in yellow clothing. Saraswati Puja also referred to as 'Vasant Panchami' is a occasion of Hindu Mythology that is celebrated with full enthusiasm and warmth by the people of Kolkata, marking a soothing ‘yellow’ ambience symbolising joy and enthusiasm.

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Saraswati Puja

One of the biggest occasion in Kolkata – the Saraswati Puja takes place during the period between late January and early February. Celebrated with great pomp and show, it is on this day that the youngest female of the family is asked to dress up in yellow clothing.

Saraswati Puja also referred to as 'Vasant Panchami' is a occasion of Hindu Mythology that is celebrated with full enthusiasm and warmth by the people of Kolkata, marking a soothing ‘yellow’ ambience symbolising joy and enthusiasm.

Kali Puja

Calcutta’s Kali Puja festival is another important occasion that takes place two weeks after the celebration of Laxmi puja.

Performed in the honour of goddess Kali - the Goddess of destruction, people worship and perform rituals with the belief that the goddess will protect them from evils symbolizing strength and power. Usually coinciding with Diwali, the Kali Puja is celebrated with splendid grandeur where people light candles, burst crackers, dress up in good clothes and offer prayers to mother Goddess Kali.

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Kali Puja

Calcutta’s Kali Puja festival is another important occasion that takes place two weeks after the celebration of Laxmi puja. Performed in the honour of goddess Kali - the Goddess of destruction, people worship and perform rituals with the belief that the goddess will protect them from evils symbolizing strength and power.

Usually coinciding with Diwali, the Kali Puja is celebrated with splendid grandeur where people light candles, burst crackers, dress up in good clothes and offer prayers to mother Goddess Kali.

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