Durga Puja on UNESCO Intangible Heritage List

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Making Indians proud of their rich heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has inscribed iconic Durga Puja on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.

” Durga Puja in Kolkata has just been inscribed on the #IntangibleHeritage list. Congratulation #India ”, UNESCO said on December 15, 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed a sense of great joy. “A matter of great pride and joy for every Indian!

Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata’s Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have.”

UNESCO gave a brief description of Durga Puja , stating it is ” an annual festival celebrated in September or October, most notably in Kolkata, in West Bengal of India, but also in other parts of India and amongst the Bengali diaspora.

” It marks the ten-day worship of the Hindu mother-goddess Durga. In the months preceding the festival, small artisanal workshops sculpt images of Durga and her family using unfired clay pulled from the Ganga River. The worship of the goddess then begins on the inaugural day of Mahalaya, when eyes are painted onto the clay images to bring the goddess to life. It ends on the tenth day, when the images are immersed in the river from where the clay came. Thus, the festival has also come to signify ‘home-coming’ or a seasonal return to one’s roots. Durga Puja is seen as the best instance of the public performance of religion and art, and as a thriving ground for collaborative artists and designers. The festival is characterized by large-scale installations and pavilions in urban areas, as well as by traditional Bengali drumming and veneration of the goddess. During the event, the divides of class, religion and ethnicities collapse as crowds of spectators walk around to admire the installations”

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