Travelling abroad during Durga Puja? Worried you’ll miss out on all the festivities back home? Here are some places where you can enjoy Durga Puja celebrations outside India. From the authentic pandal type setting to song and dance, you’ll get a taste of it all here.
Durga Puja is celebrated abroad on a huge scale. Starting with grand dandiya celebrations during navratras to beautifully decorated idols of goddess Durga which are on display from Shashthi onwards. The grand puja which continues for the next three days sees people indulge in devotion, fun and frolic.
In the mood for some Bengali food? Don’t worry! Most of these venues will have stalls where you can enjoy some mouthwatering Bengali delicacies and the melt in your mouth bhog (khichuri). You can also get a glimpse of the awe inspiring Sindoor Khela that takes place on Dashmi in some of these places.
People dress up in traditional Indian attire and meet up in anticipation of bringing a little bit of India to the foreign land that is now home to them! Here are some places you can drop into to enjoy Durga Puja Celebrations outside India.
New York, USA
East Coast Durga Puja Association
Address: 28, Rifton Street, Elmont, NY-11003-4928
Bengali Association of Dallas Forth Wrath
Address: 1901 Central Expressway #230, Richardson, Texas-75080
London, United Kingdom
London Durga Puja Dusserah Committee
Address: Camden Centre, Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE, United Kingdom
Indian Bengali Association Netherlands
Address: Prinses Marijkelaan 4, Voorschoten, Amsterdam
Bengali Association Singapore
Address: 1 Beatty Road, Sinda Family Services Centre, Singapore-209943
Bongo Moitri Dubai
Address: Yet to be disclosed
Bengali Association of Victoria
Address: Serbian Sports Centre, 318-322 Perry Road, Keysborough VIC 3173, Melbourne
Address: Bramalea Lions Hall, 45 Avondale Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 1H1
These are just some of the places where you can experience Durga Puja Celebrations outside India. Leave a comment and add to the list by letting us know of other such organisations celebrating this auspicious festival abroad!