The term Bijoya , literally means Victory and
Shubho Bijoya means "The Auspicious Victory".
Shubo Bijoya is celebrated from the last day of Durga Puja, i.e., Bijoya
Dashami to Kali Puja (Diwali). It is celebrated for about a period of one
When Maa Durga destroyed the demon Mahishasur in a ten daylong battle, the
day was christened as Bijoya Dashami - the day of victory. This victory is a
celebration of good and end of evil era. Shubho Bijoya is not just a
traditional greeting, but also a way to celebrate the auspicious victory
This victory is a celebration of good and end of evil era. Shubho Bijoya is
not just a traditional greeting, but also a way to celebrate the auspicious
victory over evil.
Deepavali (or Diwali), the literal meaning of which in Sanskrit is a "row of
lamps" is one of the most colourful festivals in India. Filling little clay
lamps with oil and wick and lighting them in rows all over the house is a
tradition that is popular in most regions of the country. The lamps welcome
'Lakshmi' the goddess of wealth and prosperity to one's home - as also
banishes darkness which is a symbol of evil.
In 2013 the auspicious day falls on 03-Nov-2013.
Once a year in
autumn (Sept-Oct), when harvests fill up our fields, Bengal and India rejoices. For
five days, we forget our miseries, wear new clothes and move around places
of worship for the Mother Goddess Durga.
She is the embodiment of good over evil and is depicted as having ten
hands bearing ten weapons killing the demon Mahishashura. Seven days before
the Pujas (this year Oct 19-23) is Mahalaya (Oct 13) - the auspicious day
from which preparations for the worship starts. Village drummers (Dhakis)
sound their drums of welcome.
On the advent of spring each year (Feb-March)
when the trees adorn them selves with fresh young green leaves and plants
sprout flowers of myriad colours - India celebrates 'holi' the festival of
colours. It is customary to smear each other with vegetable paints, offer 'abir'
(gulal) - a red powder in reverence to the elders and sing, dance and
a new beginning with nature.