Durga Puja around the world in 2021

Durga Puja around the world in 2021

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  Dates of Durga Puja around the world
2023 Various Oct 24
BangladeshTue, Oct 24National Holiday
BhutanTue, Oct 24National Holiday
India Oct 24
AssamTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 24Regional Holiday
2022 Various Oct 4, Oct 25
BangladeshTue, Oct 4National Holiday
BhutanTue, Oct 25National Holiday
India Oct 4
OdishaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
2021 Various Oct 14, Oct 15, Oct 16
BangladeshFri, Oct 15National Holiday
BhutanThu, Oct 14National Holiday
India Oct 15, Oct 16
TelanganaSat, Oct 16Regional Holiday (additional day)
AssamFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
2020 Various Oct 25, Oct 26
BangladeshMon, Oct 26National Holiday
BhutanSun, Oct 25National Holiday
India Oct 25, Oct 26
AssamMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Oct 26Government Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
2019 Various Oct 8
BangladeshTue, Oct 8National Holiday
India Oct 8
AssamTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday

Durga Puja is one of the largest Hindu festivals that involves worship of Goddess Durga symbolising power and triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

  Which countries observe Durga Puja in 2021?
  BangladeshOct 15National Holiday
  BhutanOct 14National Holiday
  IndiaOct 15Regional Holiday

When is Durga Puja?

In India, Durga Puja is a public holiday in several states. The names and dates may differ and some states observe holidays related to the festivals of Dussehra and Navrati which are celebrated on similar dates.

To complicate matters, in some regions the tenth day of both Durga Puja and Dussehra is known as Vijaya Dasami.

Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Mahashtami, is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.

Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, it is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.

The world was under threat from the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, that no man or god could defeat. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god. Durga was the mother to four gods, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati, and Lakshmi.

To Hindus, Durga represents the embodiment of shakti, the powerful feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence, and change.

Before his battle with Ravana, Lord Rama invoked the goddess and her victory over the buffalo-demon, which ties the festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra closely together.

Key days during Durga Puja

The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last four days being special festivals that are reflected in public holidays in some states in India.


Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. On this day, the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth and large, elaborately crafted statutes of Durga are set up in homes and decorated podiums, called Pandals.

Maha Saptami

On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura.


Known as Durgashtami, Mahashtami or Durga Ashtami, this is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations. Durgastami is one of the important days of Durga Puja and many people may fast on this day. The weapons of the gods used by Durga are worshipped today.

Vijaya Dashami

Also known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water.

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