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Saraswati Puja spirit grips Kolkata

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Saraswati Puja was celebrated with much pomp and merriment in the city, with children making beeline at their schools to offer prayers to the goddess. Saraswati puja is one of the biggest occasions in Kolkata that takes place during the period between late January and early February, the day when goddess Saraswati is worshipped and is declared as a state holiday.

It is dedicated to the goddess of learning. This festival is also called the Valentine’s Day of the Bengalees. It is one of those occasions when young boys and girls go for dates. This festival was celebrated in almost every nook and corner in the city where people got together and assembled at the pandals, where priests chant mantras and devotees place their books, pens, other objects of learning and flowers beside the idol.

It is a joyous day for the children for whom this festival is a day when they are permitted to say “no” to studies and participate in cultural programmes organised in schools, localities and households. Obeisance was paid to the goddess followed by a mandatory lunch comprising khichdi, luchi, dishes of potatoes and vegetables and chutney.

From the early morning, boys and girls dressed in yellow clothes, especially kurtas, pyjamas and sarees, went to places like Victoria Memorial, Millennium Park, Zoological Garden, Eco Park to spend some good time with friends. Roadside food stalls did a brisk business during the day.