MMM – Durga Puja
Mostly Madison Mondays – a howdoyoudo from my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin
We attended the Bengali Association of Madison‘s Durga Puja on Saturday. Our friends and neighbors told us about the event and I was curious. Also we were free that morning, it was raining, it was just down the street, our friends would be there and we are a Bengali family. Win, win, win. Despite a rough start due to a will-she-or-won’t-she nap situation, we made it. I wish I managed a more celebratory outfit than jeans and a sweater but no matter, I enjoyed the scene and wish we had stayed for the food. (Note to self – acquire something other than a sari for such events. You do not have a village.)
I simultaneously stood tall next to my children while hiding behind my camera. I hope you enjoy.
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomizes the victory of Good over Evil.
From Wikipedia: “The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularized due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.”
Thanks for having us BAM. I’ll be checking your Events page on the regular!