Positioned on the banks of the exquisite river Hooghly, the marvelous city of Kolkata brags of a rich history, elegant culture, versatile future, and colorful festivals. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and formerly known as Calcutta. The colorful city celebrates so many festivals and all the festivities of the City of Joy are all about ceremony, mirth and celebrations. The festivities that are celebrated in Kolkata are epitomized by fanfare, delectable food, grand processions, and religious hymns.
Here we have highlighted some of the most prominent festivals, which are rejoiced in Kolkata every year with full vigor and fun.Durga Puja
Durga Puja is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of this vibrant city. Dedicated to the powerful Goddess, Ma Durga, the grand puja is performed by the devotees every year with full mirth and exhilaration. People observe fast, go to temples and pay their homage to the great divine being. The devotees of Ma Shakti carry out the vivacious and grand processions of Ma Durga. During these nine sacred days and nights, the streets of Kolkata are bedecked with shimmering lights and all the people sink into complete devotion to seek the blessings of the Goddess.Kali Puja
Kali Puja is another sacred festival that is rejoiced in Kolkata. The grand Puja is organized post nineteen days of Durga Puja, when all the nooks and crannies of the city are all geared up to rejoice Kali Puja .The Goddess Kali is worshipped by her devotees and people decorate their homes with glittering lights, and clay lamps akin to North Indian festival Diwali. On Kali Puja, people also light up candles and pay homage to departed souls. A good number of the devotees of Ma Kaali visit famous temples like Dakshineswar and Kalighat temple. Moreover, these two hallowed places are popular power spots that nocturne the power and presence of Goddess Kali.Saraswati Puja
Saraswati Puja is a Hindu festival, which is devoted to the Goddess of knowledge, art and music called as Saraswati. On this day, artists, teachers and students, with great respect and devotion pay homage to the Goddess Saraswati. To receive the blessings of the Goddess, students placed their pens, musical instruments and books beside the statue for the whole day. The holy Puja is conducted in almost every home of Kolkata and after the completion of Puja, Prasad is distributed amongst worshippers.Bhai Phota
Bhai Phota, a festival that is dedicated to the chaste and sacred bonding of siblinghood is celebrated in Kolkata with high level of enthusiasm and zest. The Bhai Phota festival is akin to North Indian festival Bhai Dooj and falls every year on the second day after the Kali Puja. Bhai Phota is derived from two words ‘Bhai’ stands for brother and ‘Phota’ means ‘Tilak’. On this festival, a sister applies holy tilak on brother’s forehead and prays for his long and healthy life. Gifts are exchanged amid siblings that impregnate the celebration with excitement and cheerfulness.