Due to the pandemic, celebrations have been kept on a hold, Dussehra which was celebrated with gusto among Goans have been low-key. We talk to a few Goans to find out what was the celebration like this year.
Twin sisters and designers Riddhi and Siddhi Mapxencars this year celebrated the festival of Dussehra in their home in Mumbai, for the first time. “We know the mantras so we decided to conduct the
pujas by ourselves. We also prepared some Pulao and
kheer as a sweet dish. Usually we have our
pujas done at our work place, but this year due to the pandemic, we are home bound. As per rituals, we have to worship the things that we use professionally. So we prayed on our laptops, diaries, books, music system and our phones,” says Riddhi.
Shankar Desai, who works in an IT firm says, “We did a puja of all the items in our homes, from laptop, to mobiles to other gadgets. The
pujas are becoming digital than before, usually my family would pray over the iron items now it has turned into electronics.” He adds, “We decided to have a few sweet dishes this year. We had
ladoos, kheer and
Sangeeta, a teacher by profession says, “This year was different from the rest, we didn’t celebrate it with enthusiasm but we decided to spend it with our family.”