The arrival of Goddess Durga, the mother of the universe, epitomises the victory of good over evil, the light over darkness. And this year we have been waiting for her arrival, more than ever, in that hope that she will protect us from all the demons of negativities and establish peace and harmony on this earth.
What a challenging year this has been, with a once in a 100-year pandemic spread across the world, millions of deaths, millions more impacted through loss of loved ones, jobs, income and significant disruptions in daily lives. A year that has seen major sporting and important sociocultural events being cancelled or postponed causing tremendous economic, social and cultural impact on communities across the world. A year that has seen us all adjusting to our neo-normal life. Amidst all these disruptions, Bengali Society of Queensland [BSQ] organised the biggest festival of the year, “Durga Pujo” at the Wavell Heights Community Hall on Saturday 24 October 2020. Durga Pujo is not only a religious festival but also a significant sociocultural event, very close to the heart of every Bengali. This year the event was celebrated under the strict guidelines of COVID-Safe events as laid out by Queensland government and saw community members participating in small groups throughout the day, while maintaining social distancing and adapting to necessary hygiene practices. The event was also attended by the dignitaries and members of wider community, making it a grand success.
A week later, on 31st October, BSQ celebrated another successful event “Lakshmi Pujo” at the Albany Creek Community Centre. Adhering to COVID-Safe events guidelines and council regulations, the participants gathered to offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and seek her blessings.
We would like to thank our members, patrons and sponsors for their continued support in these difficult times and wish everyone and happy and prosperous year ahead.