Durga Puja is celebrated from October 7, 2016 (Friday) to October 11, 2016 (Tuesday). Durgashtami is on October 9, 2016 (Sunday).
Sri Durga Puja Dates:
September 30, 2016 (Friday) – Mahalaya Amavasya
October 7, 2016 (Friday) – Maha Sashti (Shashti).
October 8, 2016 (Saturday) – Maha Saptami.
October 9, 2016 (Sunday) – Maha Ashtami. (Durgastami)
October 10, 2016 (Monday) – Maha Navami.
October 11, 2016 (Tuesday) – Vijayadasami (BijoyaDasami)
Sri Durga Pooja in West Bengal:
In West Bengal, Durga Pandal can be seen at many places. Preparation of Pandals and making of Goddess Durga idols begins much earlier.
The Festival starts on Shasthi when Goddess Durga is welcomed to house. Durga puja is celebrated grandly on Mahalaya, Shasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabomi and BijoyaDashami.
During these days schools, colleges and government institutions will be declared holiday. People will decorate their houses, buy new clothes, play musical instruments. Chandi Parayan, Pushpanjali, Aarti will be done with great devotion to Goddess Durga.
The function ends with immersion of Goddess Durga idol in rivers, lakes and seas on Dashami. In rest of the country Navratri is celebrated from October 1, 2016 (Saturday) to October 10, 2016 (Monday).
Next Year Durga Puja:
In 2017, Durga Puja is from September 26 (Tuesday) to September 30, 2017 (Saturday);
Maha Shasti – Sep 26, 2017 (Tuesday);
Maha Saptami – Sep 27th, 2017 (Wednesday);
Maha Ashtami – September 28, 2017 (Thursday);
Maha Navami – Sep 29th, 2017 (Friday)
Vijayadasami – Sep 30, 2017 (Saturday)