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Hindus in India’s Kolkata kick off Durga Puja competition celebrations

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Hindus in India’s Kolkata kick off the festive season with Durga Puja. Crowds flocked vibrant “pandals”, short-term buildings the place idols of the Hindu goddess Durga are put in through the festivities. Durga Puja is a 10-day competition celebrating Goddess Durga with large-size installations and idols of goddess Durga. The competition was inscribed in 2021 on UNESCO’s “Consultant Checklist of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. This checklist contains types of expression that testify to the range of intangible heritage and raises consciousness of its significance. 

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