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Puja celebrations go global

In San Francisco, a day event is planned out at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center. Singer Babul Supriyo is all set to add colour to the celebrations.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 12:43 IST

Cultural programmes, contests, performances by well-known artists from India and food festivals are planned as Bengalis across the world celebrate Durga Puja.

In Houston, the Houston Durga Bari society is all set to welcome goddess Durga. Members of the society have lined up a long list of cultural events. This year's event will feature songs ranging from devotional to modern Bengali songs.

According to the society's website durgabari.org, the puja committee this year wants to serve up a feast of entertainment, palatable to various sections of the community. For Indians in Florida, this year is a special one.

The Bengali Society of Florida will celebrate its 24th year of existence. This year, the puja will be held on October 7, at a Hindu Temple at Casselberry.

In San Francisco, a day event is planned out at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center. Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo is all set to add colour to the celebrations. At Sunnyvale, California, the puja will be celebrated at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple in a traditional way.

The organisers have invited Utpalendu Chowdhury, one of the most popular singers of Bengal. In North Carolina, the Hindu Society of Greensboro celebrated the event September 24. In the south German city of Stuttgart, puja celebrations will enter the 11th year.

This year the priest is being specially flown in from London. In Cologne, puja is being organised by Indischer Kulturverein (Bharat Samiti). This puja is rated among the biggest in Germany. In London, for the first time the idol of Durga is being made at the British museum by artisans flown from West Bengal.

After the celebrations are over, the idol will be immersed in the Thames on October 2. Traditional bhog would be served in both London and Cologne. Bengali food festivals would be laid out where both expatriates and locals would be served a variety of dishes cooked by women in typical Bengali style.

In Australia, the Bengali Association of New South Wales (NSW) will mark the puja during the weekend. In Helsinki, puja will be celebrated on Saturday, and most Bengalis living in Finland are trying to ensure that they make it an annual event.

In Muscat, Bengalis are gearing up to celebrate Durga Puja on a grand scale and spread over five days. Families are busy chalking out plans. Most Bengalis will gather at the Hindu temple in Sohar, in old Muscat.