Bengali Cultural Association of Arizona celebrates Saraswati puja
by BCAA Press Release
Bengali Cultural Association of Arizona (BCCA) celebrated Saraswati Puja on February 1, 2020 with great fervor an enthusiasm at the Indo American Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona. This annual event is more than just invoking the goddess of knowledge, music, art and learning and seeking her blessing.
It is a celebration of Indian culture and way of life. We were honored by the spontaneous participation from a large cross Indian diaspora who call the Valley of the Sun their home. The busy and eventful day started with puja preparations and cooking of culinary delights from Bengal by motivated volunteers who dedicate their time to this cause.
As the clocked ticked on more and more people joined in with earnest running a multitude of chores that are essential for successfully hosting the event. The worship of Maa Saraswati, started mid-morning and ended with pushpanjali (floral offerings) to the goddess by the devotees.
Prasad was offered to the guests soon after followed by a sumptuous lunch of authentic vegetarian Bengali food. Then came the highlight of the day, a three-hour captivating medley of cultural program with performances of songs, dance and drama by children and adults alike. The performers included school going kids, Arizona State University (ASU) students and established members of our community who are passionate about our culture. The evening ended with the serving of packed dinner to guests.
As we bring the curtains down on this year's event, we thank everyone who participated and made this event a grand success. We also invite all of you to attend our subsequent events for the year including the mega celebration of Durga Puja slated for October 2020.