Married Bengali women exchange 'sindoor' (red powder denoting happiness) on the forehead at 'Deshopriyo Park Durga Puja pandal' in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India. Durga puja is the main festival of West Bengal. It is celebrated by the Bengali people by holding community functions in 'Durga puja pandals' which are very artistically decorated and compete for prizes. Cultural and musical programmes including 'Rabindra Sangeet' and plays called 'Jatras' are held over a four day period, culminating in the immersion of the diety on 'Bijoya' which is celebrated as 'Dusra' or 'Dushehra' in many parts of India. 'Bijoya' is regarded as the Bengali new year.
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