It begins with "Mahalaya" (invoking of Goddess Durga) and ends with Bhai Dooj.
The festive season I feel, is very necessary. It breaks the monotony of our regular lives, and gives us something to look forward to throughout the year stuck in our mundane jobs. Time for get-togethers and merriment among cousins and relatives whom we harldy get to meet in our otherwise busy schedules..
The mere mention of the festive season brings a smile to our faces.. One remembers the spirit of togetherness, meeting relatives, exchange of gifts and of course delicious food including "mooh meetha" or "meeshti mukh"
Starting with Durga Puja- the time of "anondo" and new clothes for Bengalis.. then the festival of lights - Deepawali.. One's spirits get energized looking at the bright diyas and candles.. not to mention the large amounts of "kaju burfee" and dry fruits!! And Kali Pujo synonymous with staying up late, catching up with old friends and having "bhog".
Bhai dooj - 2 days after diwali is the celebration of the relationship between brothers and sisters in most parts of the country. This day is also synonymous with lots of sweets in addition to gifts, cash and meeting cousins, and loads of merriment..
I feel its great to have this whole season coming at a suitable time from weather point of view to enjoy and get rejuvenated for the rest of the year.