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nodster Sep 18th, 2010 15:42

Diwali in Kolkata!

We arrive in Kolkata on the 6th November, the 4th day of festival. We will be there for a few days.

What will be the best things to see?


nycank Sep 18th, 2010 16:27

Diwali is over on the 5th of November.

biman Sep 19th, 2010 01:28

Diwali is celebrated in Kolkata as Kali Puja, and this year it is on 5th Nov. But it doesn't mean that everything is over by the next day. Bengalis hardly have any festival that is celebrated merely for a single night. Even our marriage ceremony extends over 3 days (rather say 3 evenings/nights). So don't get disheartened. You will be able to taste the flavor of the festivity - the lighted buildings (both individual as well as institutional), the Kali idols in Pandals, the crowd - almost everything.

You can have a look at this thread: Diwali

Just to add, in my home town Barasat (around 25 km from Kolkata), which is very popular for Kali Puja (yes, people from Kolkata do come here to see it) the festival is celebrated in full bloom for the next two days. And one of the major attractions is dynamic representation of contemporary as well as religious incidents with the use of LEDs (commonly referred to as LIGHTING) and huge designer light-gates (30 – 50 feet high gates made of LEDs on bamboo structures).

nodster Sep 20th, 2010 12:13

Thanks Biman! we look forward to seeing Indian celebrations :)

brishti Sep 20th, 2010 15:41

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the awe-inspiring thing about kali pujo are the dhakis.
they're present in them 'pandals' in pairs or more...
the more dhakis there are, beating together - the more jaw-dropping is the sound :)

have fun, nodster :)

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