Kolkata’s Durga Puja got the honour and glory it deserves. It was a proud moment for the culture and people of West Bengal as a whole and not forgetting India, the incredible and diverse country under which West Bengal is a State, with Kolkata as its state capital.
On the 15th of December, 2021, the Durga Puja of Kolkata was awarded or given the ” Intangible Cultural Heritage Tag” by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?
Culture heritage is a very vast idea. It is complex and diverse. Cultural hearitage does not only mean antiques or monuments and collection of precious objects of past glory. Cultural heritage is much wider then that.
UNESCO’s cultural heritage incluides :
- Social Practices
- Oral diverse traditions
- Events of festivals
- Different kinds of practices and special knowledge that are related to the nature and the universe.
- Special knowledge and skills that help in producing traditional crafts.
In this modern world, where we are advancing towards sofistication and globalization the intangible cultural heritage is an important factor that helps us to observe and preserve our heritage and cultural diversity.
Knowing more about the festival
Durga Puja is a festival of victory of truth (Goddess Durga) over evil ( Mahishasur).
It is also known as Sharodotsav or Durgotsav.
It is a Hindu festival that sees its orgin and practiced in the Indian Sub Continent.
Although the festival is celebrated all over India, but specifically it is more prominent in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Odisha. It is also quite prominent in the country of Bangladesh. Durga Puja is infact an old tradition of Hinduism.
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Photos of Durga Puja in West Bengal
Frequently Asked Questions :
When is Durga Puja 2022?
In 2022, the festival will be celebrated from 1st October to 5th October
When was the Durga Puja conferred with the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Tag?
On 15th of December 2022, the festival was awarded with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Tag.
Where is the festival celebrated?
It is celebrated in the Indian Sub Continent. Although the festival is celebrated all over India, but specifically it is more prominent in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Odisha.
Where else is the festival celebrated?
The festival is also quite prominent in the country of Bangladesh.
By what other names the festival is also known for?
The festival is also known as Sharodotsav or Durgotsav.
Where did the festival originate from?
The festival has its origin in the Indian Sub Continent.
What does Durga Puja means in the life of the common people of West Bengal
For a Bengali, the festival is everything. It is the festival of all festivals. It is a never ending wait which starts right after the end of the festival in a particular and ends at the start of the festival the next year. And this continues, such is the status of this festival in the hearts of the people of West Bengal.
As the Durga Puja of Kolkata was awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization, on 15th of December 2021 with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Tag which was right after the festival the previous year. Therefore, 2022, has an utterly different hype for the festival for which preparations has already started.
This year, 2022, the festival will be celebrated from the 1st to 5th of October 2022. Rallies were undertaken in Kolkata, in happiness for the Durga Puja’s heritage status, thanking the UNESCO.
The Durga Puja is not just a festival, but it is an emotion that has deep roots into the hearts of the people of West Bengal and India as a whole.