West Bengal is a state located in the eastern region of India.
It is bordered by the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam.
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital and the largest city of the state. Some of the other major cities in the state include – Howrah, Darjeeling, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, English Bazar, Bardhaman, Kharagpur, Haldia, etc.
Bengali and English are the official languages of the state.
West Bengal is noted for its cultural activities and presence of cultural and educational institutions; the state capital Kolkata is known as the “cultural capital of India”.
Diwali Celebrations in West Bengal :
Although Durga Puja is the state festival, people of West Bengal also celebrate Diwali with great joy and excitement.
In West Bengal people celebrate Diwali (pronounced Dipaboli in Bengali) as Kali Puja. On this day where people of other parts of the country perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja people of West Bengal worship goddess Kali. On the Diwali Amavasya, goddess Kali is worshiped for whole night so that all the evil spirits are driven away from the earth.
In some parts of West Bengal like the Mithila region, Kali Puja is known as Shyama Puja, Mahanisha Puja or Nisha Puja.
This is also a night of fireworks, with people burning sparklers and firecrackers throughout the night.
Many people also perform the Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on this day.
Like other parts of the country, people of Bengal also decorate their homes, lit diyas, eat sweets and spend time with their families.
The Diwali festival goes on for three days but on Amavasya, the final day for celebrations and the day to worship Goddess Kali, the lights and gaiety are considerably reduced. The first two days are important and celebrations on these two days include feasting, drinking, gambling, family gatherings, lights and fire crackers occupying time from dusk to dawn.
How to Say Happy Diwali in Bengali Language :
Subho Deepabalir Preeti O Subechsha (শুভ দীপাবলীর প্রীতি ও শুভেচ্ছা)