Prominent Festivals:-

Durga Puja

Why:

  • the most vibrant time in Kolkata
  • one can only say that Durgapuja the largest outdoor art festival on earth
  • commemorates the mythology of Goddess Durga and her trusty lion steed overpowering and killing the demon Mahishasura (Buffalo-demon)
  • The first ceremony takes place on Mahalaya, the day the Goddess was conceived, and ends on Bijaya Dashami (the victorious tenth day),
  • Puja is performed only on the sixth to the tenth day

When:

  • around the first week of October
Kali Puja

Why:

  • primarily a Bengali festival
  • Goddess Kali is worshipped at night on one night during this festival
  • light-up night for Kolkata, corresponding to the festival of Diwali
  • also a night of fireworks, with local youth burning sparklers and crackers throughout the night

When:

  • around the first week of November
Calcutta Book Fair (Kolkata Boi Mela)

Why:

  • world's largest non-trade annual book fair
  • attracted over 600 stalls, selling over Rs. 180,000,000 worth of books and attracting close to 150,000 visitors in 2005
  • has rapidly become one of the world's leading book fairs
  • a larger book conglomerate than any Barnes & Noble or Borders superstore

When:

  • starts on the last Wednesday of January, and continues for twelve days, including two weekends.
Kolkata International Film Festival

Why:

  • largest and most prestigious of its kind in India
  • started in 1995 and is affiliated with the International Federation of Film Producers' Association (FIAPF) in Paris
  • screens a large clutch of international, critically acclaimed new films every year.

When:

  • 10–17 November (Every Year)
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