TINSUKIA, Oct 9 - As the sultry heat diminishes, the flood scare ends and the cultivation of Sali paddy gets over, the people here are looking forward to enjoying the forthcoming festive season beginning with the Durga Puja, about 10 days from now. Every festival is celebrated with traditional gaiety in the district which has a mixed population.
The aroma of sewali flowers is in the air, signalling the arrival of the autumn season. Artisans are giving finishing touches to Goddess Durga idols. The cost of the idols has gone up this year due to the hike in the prices of raw materials like earth, bamboo, wood, etc. But the demand has not been affected.
There is a rush of shoppers at the urban centres, including the headquarters town, leading to traffic snarls. Shops, which have been stocked with fresh arrivals, remain open for extra hours in the evening for the convenience of buyers.
It may be mentioned here that Durga Puja is celebrated by nearly 400 committees every year in the district. Work on erecting pandals has already got under way.