Stellar start to celebrations, Kolkata ready for extended festivities with Durga Puja, sports | Kolkata News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The city has started gearing up for an extended festive season this year, replete with some of the world’s biggest sporting events and cultural extravaganzas.
The festive season in Bengal usually comprises Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, followed by Kali Puja and Diwali, with Ganesh Puja being added to the list in the past few years.


But this year, the festive season also includes the major sporting events, including the ongoing Asia Cup, T20 World Cup, followed by the football world cup, the biggest sporting event in the world.
The festive season got underway with the India-Pakistan cricket match last Sunday, followed by Ganesh Puja on August 31 and the mega rally to thank Unesco on September 1. “India winning Sunday’s match against Pakistan was a perfect start to the year’s festive season,” said Abhishek Ghosh, a banker and sports enthusiast.
The Asia Cup will continue till September 11, and will be followed by Vishwakarma Puja and Mahalaya. Thereafter, Durga Puja – the biggest festival in the state and which has received recognition from Unesco – will be held in the beginning of October.
“Though officially Durga Puja doesn’t start before the first week of October, many organisers might throw open the pandals just after Mahalaya, increasing the Durga Puja “period” this year,” said a senior functionary of Forum for Durgotsab, an umbrella body of Durga Puja organisers in the state.
Durga Puja will be followed by Lakshmi Puja and Bhai Phonta, two festivals celebrated widely in the state. Diwali and Kali Puja will be celebrated in the third week of October.
The T20 world cup will start on October 16 and continue till November 13. Exactly after a week, on November 20, the football world cup will begin and continue till December 18.
“It is the biggest sporting event in the world, so there is going to be huge excitem-ent around it,” said a foot-ball enthusiast.
The year’s festivities will then wrap up with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

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