Devotees throng markets ahead of Durga Puja celebrations in Bengal

A huge crowd was seen at Kolkata’s New Market and Dharmtala for shopping ahead of the Durga Puja festival. After two years of COVID restrictions, greater enthusiasm is being seen among the people who have gathered for shopping, ANI reported.
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“There were many restrictions during the pandemic for the last two years. Durga Puja is a very special and emotional festival for all of us. People want to purchase new things during the festival. Now, we are finally coming out to the markets and doing shopping. It feels very good,” Ahana Choudhary, a customer told ANI.
“I came here after too long. I come here occasionally for some small shopping, but I avoid coming for festive shopping due to huge crowds. Now, people can also use online shopping, but the joy of shopping in the market is something else. That’s why I have come here and let’s see what I will do,” another customer said.