Here's a Look at How the Rest of the World Celebrates Durga Puja

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The festival of Dussehra sees 10 days of festivity in the Shukla Paksha (Moonlit fortnight) of the Ashvin month of the Hindu calendar. The festival comprises of two parts – Durga Puja and Vijay Dashami. The first nine days are about worshipping the nine forms of Durga, each with her own distinct characteristics. The last day is about the victory of good over evil symbolised by the killing of Ravana by Ram depicted through burning of effigies.

While India, and especially the eastern part of the country, celebrates Durga Puja with a lot of pomp and show, this cultural extravaganza has been nominated by the apex cultural body in India, Sangeet Natak Academy, for a UNESCO World Heritage status. Durga Puja has found a global recognition, and is celebrated worldwide by not just the Indian communities abroad, but also the culturally enthusiastic locals.

If you are not in India on this Durga Puja, you may enjoy the festival at any of these places abroad:

Europe

The Bangiya Sanskritik Parishad organises Durga Puja in Glasgow, Scotland at the following address:

Couper Institute, 86 Clarkston Road, Glasgow

Kamden London Durga Puja is one of the most popular place to enjoy the festivities.

Address: Avenue Road-Swiss Cottage, NW33HA London, United Kingdom

Kallol is the Indian Bengali Association in Voorschoten, Netherlands. Address: Prinses Marijkelaan 4, Voorschoten , 2252 EH

You can follow Durga Puja Berlin for the updates on Durga Puja in Berlin, Germany.

Address: Club House, Harbigstrasse 14, 14055 Berlin

Follow Moscow Durga Puja Association for Durga Puja Schedule in Moscow, Russia.

Address: Street Mikhluka Maklaya 21, Interclub, 2nd floor, Moscow

Asia

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Photo of Moscow, Russia by Kanj Saurav

Bengali Association Singapore brings the festivities of Durga Puja to Singapore.

Address: Farrer Park, Singapore

BATJ Durga Puja Association will be celebrating the festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Address: Ota City Industrial Plaza, Minami Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo

Shanghai Adda celebrates Durga Puja in Shanghai, China.

Address: Hongmei Pedestrian, Lane 3338, Shanghai

Bangladesh celebrates Durga Puja with much fervour and you do not need a particular address to soak in the festivities of the festival. The festival is celebrated at every nook and corner in Dhaka.

North America

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Utsov organises Durga Puja in New Jersey, USA.

Address: The Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center, 200 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, New Jersey

East Coast Durga Puja Association holds a massive Durga Puja celebration in New York.

Address: Gujarati Samaj Hall, 173-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, New York

Bay Area Prabasi organises Durga Puja in San Francisco.

Address: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, California

Bengalis in Chicago is the association that helps bring together the Indian community in Chicago to celebrate Durga Puja.

Address: 828 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago

Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta brings the festivities of Durga Puja to Atlanta.

Address: Mountain View High School, 2351 Sunny Hill Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Photo of Atlanta, GA, USA by Kanj Saurav

Latin America & The Caribbean

Durga Puja 2019 aims at bringing the Indian community in Brazil together on the festival.

Address: Centro Cultural Swami Vivekananda, Alameda Sarutaiá, 380, 01403-010 São Paulo, Brazil

Swaha International organises Durga Puja in Trinidad.

Address: Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago

Africa

Bengali Association of South Africa will bring the festivities and colours of Durga Puja to Johannesberg.

Address: Marlboro Community Hall, 52 Jinna DR, Marlboro Grounds, Sandton, 2063

Oceania

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Photo of Johannesburg, South Africa by Kanj Saurav

Wales Puja Committee is bringing Durga Puja to New South Wales, Australia.

Address: Penyrheol Community Centre, Heol Aneurin, CF83 2PA Caerphilly

Vedanta Centre of Sydney and Sydney Utshab celebrate Durga Puja in Sydney at multiple locations:

Address: Strathfield Girls High School, 116 Albert Road, Strathfield, NSW – 2135

Bengali Society of Melbourne, Melbourne Bengali Association and Utsav Melbourne Association celebrate Durga Puja in Melbourne.

Address: (i) Woodville Primary School, Warringa Crescent, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria

(ii) Dohertys Creek P-9 Collage, 60 Elmhurst Rd, Truganina ,Victoria, 3029

(iii) Polish Hall, 6, Helen Street, Ardeer

Probashi Bengali of WA celebrate Durga Puja in Perth.

Address: Melville Main Hall, Perth

The Bengali Society of Queensland invites you to Durga Puja Celebration in Brisbane, Queensland.

Address: Aspley State School, Maundrell Terrace, Aspley Queensland 4034

Do not miss out the celebrations if you are in any of these cities during Durga Puja Vacation.

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