There is no end of festivals in India. Thirteen festivals in twelve months – so goes the saying. In fact, twice the thirteen is perhaps the true number of festivals. Some of the noteworthy festivals of West Bengal are the Durga Puja, the Kalipuja, the Rathajatra, the Jagadhartri Puja, the Eid-ul-fitr, the Christmas. The Durga Puja, the greatest festival of the Hindus, take places in the early Autumn, the queen of seasons and last for four days. It is an occasion of joy and merry making. The boys and the girls wear new cloths and move from pandal to pandal. The Saraswati Puja, the Goddess of learning comes off in Winter.
The Eid-ul-fitr is the greatest Muslim festival. On this occasion, the Muslim boys and girls put on new clothes and visit their friends and relatives.
The Christmas, the greatest festivals of the Christians, is observed on 25th December. The Christians put on new clothes. They distribute food, clothes, medicines, etc among the poor and the sick.
The Buddhists observe the Buddha Purnima in Baisakh.
The festivals have a great social unity. They remove the difference between man and man.