Photo story: Kali Puja and Deepavali in Kolkata

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In West Bengal, the myriad festivities all round the year is a reflection of the inner joy of the city. Right after the Durga Puja celebrations come the coexistence of Kali Puja and Deepavali. These twin revelries reflect the region’s cultural diversity. Kali Puja, a fervent tribute to the formidable goddess Kali, coincides with Diwali, characterized by intricate rituals and the veneration of Kali idols, amid the resonating sounds of fireworks.

On the other hand, Deepavali, known as the Festival of Lights, holds great significance for the Bengali business community. Other strata of the society, down to the less privileged, also take part in this celebration of light with great fervour. It revolves around illuminating oil lamps, or diyas, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. This dual celebration in West Bengal harmoniously bridges tradition and modernity, underscoring the state’s remarkable cultural fusion. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness.

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