Shopping is an integral part of the Durga Puja feel and most Bengalis do their apparel and footwear shopping for the entire year during this time of the year. With autumn setting in and a few days to Durga Puja, Durga Puja Shopping 2020 seems to dominate the minds of all. The reason for this is the fact that unlike festivals in other parts of the country, Durga Puja is more of a social event than a religious one. It is here that we see people from all walks of life come together and stand together in unison. While the festival is of 5 days, the actual celebrations begin much earlier and pandal hopping, street food eating, and ‘adda’ begins way earlier.
With the COVID pandemic bringing life to a standstill for 7 months now, it is understandable that you might not be able to shop like you normally would. Scouting through the streets in search of the best bargains is no longer safe and doing so might put you and your family at risk. However, this should not dampen your idea of shopping for Durga Puja.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards Durga Puja Shopping online. With various e-commerce sites offering exclusive discounts during the festive season, you do save money by opting for online purchases. This year, with the pandemic in place and social distancing being the ideal situation, it does make a lot of sense to stick to online mode for all your Durga Puja Shopping 2020 needs.
With the Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale closely initiating the sale revolution on Oct 16, Amazon and Myntra are soon to follow suit with the Great Indian Shopping Festival and Myntra Billion Sale from the 17th. Thus, irrespective of whether you want a new pair of headphones or the latest trendy skirts for Durga Puja, this might be the best time for you to take the leap. Also, if you are a credit card user, make sure to use the credit card for all your festive purchases, as you can expect good cashback for purchases made in this season.
Having understood the benefits of online shopping, we need to realize that not everyone is comfortable in deciding if they want an item based on its images and reviews. For them, virtual live sessions are an efficient shopping option. In 2020, many shops and boutiques are going live in a pre-decided time from their Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube page.
As the live sessions are interactive, you can ask the organizer to show you the type of things that you want. When you like something, you make the payment through UPI or Net banking (some shops allow the provision of cash on delivery) and the item will be shipped to you. While some retailers charge shipping, others do it for free and it is a good practice to have that verified before making a purchase.
Shopping in Malls
For those who cannot go without some practical Puja shopping, it is a good idea to give up on street shopping and take to the malls instead. Most malls in metropolitan areas follow the COVID protocols and have a thermal screening facility at the entrance followed by sanitization of the hand. After every trial, clothes are sanitized before hitting the shelves again. It is a good idea to look up online on whether safety tips for shopping are adhered to in the shopping mall of your choice before heading out for Puja shopping.
With the COVID pandemic affecting the livelihood of thousands of people, your budget for Durga Puja Shopping 2020 might be lesser than usual. In such a situation (or simply because you are skeptical about making a new purchase as you aren’t going out as often), it would be worthy to look for ways to refurbish old items to new. For example, you can look to stitch a Kurti out of your mom’s old silk saree or cut your jeans (after due washing and bleaching) and stitch them to sexy shorts. Remember that Durga Puja is all about fun and folly and if you can get new things out of old ones, there is nothing like it. The amount of money that you spend on your Puja shopping is not proportional to the fun you have.
Thus, you see that although COVID has dampened the overall emotions of 2020, there is no reason for you to allow that to take a toll on your festive shopping. As you gear up to welcome the Goddess in your hearts, we hope that the suggestions given in this article were helpful in your preparation for Durga Puja Shopping 2020. After all, Durga Puja and shopping are synonyms for us Bengalis, aren’t they?