Report by Sanjeeb Sahoo; Dubai: Like the previous years, this year, Ganesh Puja has been celebrated here in Dubai by Odisha Samaj- UAE with much excitement and vigour. More than hundred of Odia families across UAE, gathered for this occasion. Puja was done according to the rituals including AARTI AND PUSHPANJALI. After Pushpanjali typical Odia prasad ( Chuda Ghasa ) was distributed. On this occasion Bhajan Sandhya was also organised where local odia singers sang Odia Bhajans. The highlight of the evening was the Ganesh Idol which was sculptured by a Odia youth by the name of Manas Ranjan Maharana.

The idol was  3 feet tall and made up of plaster of paris. At the end of the Puja,traditional Odia dinner was served to the members sitting on the ground in the traditional style.Although the day was a working day here,people were seen to be making all their efforts to reach the venue on time to be a part of this celebration. Odisha Samaj- UAE has been organising Ganesh Puja for last three years. Earlier this year, Utkal Divas was also organised by the community.
The samaj constantly endeavours to organise get-togethers at regular intervals coinciding with odia festivals in order to bring together the odia families living in the United Arab Emirates .