BENGALI Society of Queensland held their annual pooja at Aspley State School from 29th September till 1st October. Puja Preparation began on the evening of 29th, Saptami and ashtami pujo and cultural evening took place on 30th September, and the Navami Pujo and Dasami Pujo took place on the morning of 1st October, while Dhunuchi Naach and Aziz Popat in the evening of 1st October finished off the celebrations.
“We await the arrival of Maa Durga every year with bated breath. The celebration of Durga puja has a special significance to Bengalis all over the world and reminds us of the eternal message of victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance” said President Amit Basu.
Qld Premier Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP said “Since 1998, the Bengali Society of Queensland has served Brisbane’s Bengali community, supporting new residents, preserving ancient traditions and promoting religious and cultural harmony.” She further said “The festivals colourful program featuring dance, music and performance is a terrific way to showcase the Indian subcontinent’s rich cultural tapestry.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Cnr Graham Quirk said, “Durga Puja is a significant event in the Hindu Calender and represents the victory of goddess Durga over evil. These celebrations feature a mix of cultural and religious activities, including music, dancing and art, and the opportunity to enjoy traditional foods. Bengali Society of Queensland do a wonderful job organising Durga Puja celebrations, which certainly contribute to our city’s vibrant, multicultural community.”