Living up to one of our core objectives - that of giving adequate exposure of our culture to our second generations kids - the Saturday program line-up started off with the youngest ones with their fabulous Dhunuchi Naach, before progressively moving to the elementary, middle and high school kids. Then came the performance by our young adults who are in colleges now but come back for the pujo days every year. And finally, performances by the adults from the community. Sunday afternoon is always reserved for the new comers and this year too there were quite a few of them who participated. We hope they will continue to participate and perform next year.
The uniqueness of our Pujo is the quintessential bengali "ghoroa" nature of the event where all participants are encouraged to get actively involved, participate, perform, volunteer, take on responsibilities and be a part of the burgeoning community. That is what makes CDU "everyone's" Pujo.
It has been a pleasure and privilege to keep everybody updated on the CDU 2016 happenings over the past few months... usually it's time to sign-off now. But this time, we will continue to keep you updated as we plan towards a grand 10th year Pujo in 2017.
One of the first changes that we are going to do based on feedback from many of the CDU 2016 participants is that we will not do the Lakshmi Puja with Khichudi dinner at the temple as was originally planned. Instead we will organize a larger Bijoya get-together a few weeks down the line so that we all get a chance of meeting each other once again and relive a bit of the CDU spirit.
Meanwhile, here is the Bangla Podcast link for your viewing pleasure (our segment starts at 2m 45s):