Published:  03:29 AM, 18 October 2020

No Kumari Puja in Dhaka

There will be no programs to celebrate Kumari Puja in Dhaka due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, announced Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad.Milon Kanti Dutta, president of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, said, "The Kumari Puja festivities will not be held at puja marquees in Dhaka considering the coronavirus situation. However, it may take place in other parts of the country."

On Aug 26, the Puja Udjapon Parishad issued a 26-point directives to hold the puja in line with the government's health protocols. Later, another 7-point order was issued on Oct 8, following a meeting with the home minister.Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, said,  "We are just calling it 'Durga Puja' and not 'Durga Puja Festival' this time."

The puja will be held in keeping the government's order but without any cultural programs this year."A maximum of 50 people can gather for the rituals of Anjali and the puja mandap or premises must be closed by 9 pm," Nirmal said.The procession on Dashami or the last day of the puja and distribution of prasad (devotional offering of food items) has already been banned.The main Durga Puja celebrations will begin on Oct 23 this year. It is scheduled to end on Oct 26.

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