They have been in the city for long enough that they no longer consider themselves migrants.
Those interacting with them will not be able to realise it either as many of them speak Malayalam as fluently as the locals. But they never miss an opportunity to come together and celebrate.
Navaratri presents the 1,500-odd members of the Viswakarma Cultural Association, an outfit of garden workers predominantly from Odisha and West Bengal, that perfect setting to enjoy the company of their community members.
The association is all set to hold Durga Puja celebrations for the seventh straight year. “The idols made using hay and the clay from river Ganges have been completed. The celebrations will start off with Sasthi on Thursday and last till the Vijaya Dasami day on October 14,” said Narayanan, an office bearer of the association. Pujas, cultural programmes and feasts will mark the festival days.
As has been the practice for several years now, Keral Banga Samaskriti Sangha, the organisation of the Bengali community in the city, has geared up for the Navaratri celebrations with the preparation of giant idol of Goddess Durga, which symbolises the victory of good over evil.
The celebrations will start with Maha Sasthi on Thursday. Cultural programmes will be held on Durga Puja days from 6 p.m. and Sandhya Arati will be conducted at 7 p.m. The celebrations will end on Maha Dashami on October 14 before the community members come together again for the Lakshmi Puja on October 18. The immersion of the idol will be carried out on November 3.