We know Durga Puja as a 10 day carnival to welcome Maa Durga and celebrate her valor. Here is a new perspective towards Durga Puja. It is a confluence of age long memories and modern artistry take on society. Now, aint that radical?
Be it the shiuli and kaash flowers or the fragrances of autumn, the booming sound of the dhaak, or the ulus sung by the women in laalpar sarees, there are so many things about Pujo that we can identify with. Walking into any puja pandal, decor elements like the red or maroon or multicolored cloth enclosure, the chal chitra behind the idols, the grand aatop chaal alpona , the ornate chandmalas made of shola, the sinthi mukut, the kadam phool called jhanpa or other sholapith craft, all these would take any puja veteran down the memory lane. On the other hand, the pandal decorations have year on year evolved to embrace socio-political and environmental themes too. The objective being to spread awareness through the masses while connecting it with faith and belief. The Puja pandals and lightings also showcase this marvelous folk art of Bengal by highlighting the various events of the contemporary world we live within today.
Durga Puja is exactly like the idols that we worship during this extravaganza. It stands on the kathamo or the primary bamboo structure signifying our traditions and memories, while the aesthetics on the outside beautifully adapts to the modern age, place, and people. This is the reason, that irrespective of where they are, probashi Bengalis and pujo lovers never fail to express their love for Pujo through their pandals.
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When and where is the LuxUtsav Durga Puja happening this year?
Like last year the annual Durga Puja shall be held this year for 4 consecutive days from the 12th to 15th October at the Salle um Duerf in Itzig.
Are visitors allowed at the LuxUtsav Durga Puja this year?
To ensure a safe and healthy Durga Puja, visitors are only permitted to enter through pre-booked slots.
How can non-members but enthusiasts of the Durga Puja be updated of the activities this year?
Our members community are planning to provide regualr puja updates on the website and social media handles of LuxUtsav for all Puja enthusiasts. We are trying to promote the e-Darshan this year so that interested visitors can view some special puja formalities on the digital paltforms.
How can one become a member of LuxUtsav?
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your membership request and the LuxUtsav team shall connect with you for the members registration process.
What happens if someone turns up at the venue seeking entry into the premises?
With a heavy heart, polite words but a stoic resolve we would have to request them to return. Our priority this year is to ensure a 100% safe Durga Puja and reduce even the remotest possibility of a risk of spread of Covid-19. All our members have been prepared well in advance of the protection plans and the guidelines and the Puja is being planned with all safety protocols in practice. This would require a lot of governance from us on all the 4 Puja days and so the additional overhead of managing ad-hoc visitors shall unfortunately not be possible this year.
Would there be any provision for serving food during this year’s Durga Puja to visitors?
Meal packets that have been pre-ordered will be available at the venue. A snack stall is also available for direct "cash only" purchase at the venue.
Because food consumption is not permitted inside the hall, a separate tent has been set up where members and visitors can eat.
Are there any COVID specific requirements for entry?
Yes, in addition to having a visitor slot booked, visitors over the age of 12 must carry one of these, which must have a QR code to be validated by the EU COVID check application - (a) a fully vaccinated certificate that is more than 14 days old (b) a negative RT-PCR test report - sample must be collected within 72 hours (c) a negative Antigen test report - sample must be collected within 48 hours (d) a valid COVID recovery certificate that is less than 6 months old
Are children expected to follow the same rules as adults?
Children under the age of six are exempt from all COVID checks. However, children aged 6 to 12 are permitted to take a self-administered spot antigen test (to be done in presence of the designated members).