Thanks to each one of you for making Prabashi Durga Pujo’ 21 a big success. It is solely you, whose active participation and involvement in the community makes Durga Pujo so special every year. As immigrants we all miss home, especially during these times of festivities. We anxiously wait for Fall every year, because deep down we know that with changing color of leaves, Maa Durga is not far behind, along with all the associated and very “chena” shenanigans and Bangaliana.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still going on all around the world, it was truly a difficult year to organize Durga Pujo. Given that last year’s event was fully online, and with a glimpse of hope in vaccination in these dire times, we took the bold move to make the first ever hybrid festival of Prabashi Portland. With the limited slots for the event, many of you were unable to attend the festivities in-person, and we are truly sorry for that. Having said that, we humbly thank everyone who came, submitted your vaccine proofs and brought back the joyous memories that we so badly missed in 2020. Thanks again for adhering to all Covid restrictions and State mandated guidelines.
With the smaller scale of Pujo in mind, it was also difficult to find an event venue where we could set up our beloved Maa (and her children who didn’t get to come out for over a year). Our sincere thanks to Portland HECSA Sai Temple for extending their hospitality and allowing us to celebrate Durga Pujo for 2 days.
No event big or small, can happen without the generous donation of sponsors and patrons. We are immensely thankful to all our sponsors for their support. This event would not be possible without you.
Hari and Anju Kataruka (A1RM)
Ananthan Ayyasamy (PDX Prime)
Bill Terrill (Ameriprise Financial)
We would also like to extend our thanks to all participants of the Cultural Program and Games Night. The sheer enthusiasm and charisma of your participation kept us glued to the edge of our seats when we were streaming the show on YouTube. Kudos to each one of you!
Lastly, I would like to thank our entire “army” of volunteers, from setting up stage/ decorations, cameras for online streaming, the media/ communication team, getting the Darpan magazine ready, to packing and distributing food for over 300 people, it felt like the entire community came together to make this event a grand success. Hopefully we will be back next year with a bigger and better Durga Pujo. Wishing you all a very Happy Kali Pujo and Diwali.
Jai Ma Durga