Amstelveen Sarbojonin Durga Pujo 2020 – CANCELLED!

Friends, as you are already aware, in their latest regulations, Netherlands government has restricted all events. That has left us with no other option than to call off Amstelveen Sarbojonin Durga Pujo 2020!
Emotionally, it is a difficult decision to take from our end. We tried everything within our limits to arrange for a Sarbojonin Puja, thought of 100 different ways to perform the rituals and welcome guests even in the midst of the pandemic – we finally had to give in to mother’s wishes.
We will process all the refunds within the next couple of days and please keep an eye on your emails for further communications.

There will of course an online part of us, which in the current context will be bigger and better this year. Though we are distancing ourselves physically, we promise not to distance ourselves socially. Keep an eye on our page, some interesting news will be there for you!
As usual, looking forward to your continuous support and cooperation! Till then, #HokHoiChoi.

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আতঙ্ক, দুঃখ ও হতাশার বছর ২০২০। কিন্তু, সময় ও প্রকৃতি তো চলছে নিজের খেয়ালেই। তাই, এই বছরেও শরৎকাল আসবে, এই বছরেও নীল আকাশে পেঁজা তুলোর মতো মেঘ চড়ে বেড়াবে। আপনিও হয়তো সময় বিশেষে ইউটিউবে বীরেন্দ্রকৃষ্ণ ভদ্রকে খুঁজবেন।
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In spite of this pandemic situation, Hoichoi is committed to brighten up your Durga Puja days. There are lot of challenges to overcome, there are multiple COVID-19 compliance rules and regulations to be followed, but we assure you the chance to offer prayers to the Maa Durga.

Please send us an email at hoichoinl@gmail.com for any queries regarding registration.

FAQs:

What steps Hoichoi have taken for COVID-19 compliance?

  • Mandatory event registration and time boxing of the visitor’s stay during the festival.
  • Pre-entry health check and COVID-19 compliance check for visitors to be facilitated by De Veranda management. Please visit De Veranda’s covid guidelines – https://deveranda.nl/covid-19.
  • RIVM rules and regulations – 1.5 metres social distancing, hand sanitization, seated event, not more than 40 people inside the event hall at one point of time.
  • Cleaning and sanitization of the pujo hall after every time slot.
  • Separate entry and exit to ease the crowd flow.
  • Masks might be made mandatory depending on the situation.
  • No food allowed inside the pujo premise. Visitors can buy food/drinks at the De Veranda restaurant.
  • Live streaming of the festival events and encouraging virtual participation.

What are the time slots?

Due to COVID-19 compliance rules are regulations, it’s necessary to do timeboxing of the visitor’s stay in the pujo venue. This gives a fair opportunity for everyone to visit and do ‘protima darshan’. Each time slot is of 1 hour 30 mins, with a break of 1 hour for cleaning and sanitization.

Below are the time slots for now.

24th October, 2020 (Saturday) – Saptami and Ashtami:

  • 11:00 – 12:30 hours (full)
  • 13:30 – 15:00 hours (full)
  • 17:30 – 19:00 hours (full)
  • 20:00 – 21:30 hours (full)

25th October, 2020 (Sunday) – Nabami and Dashami:

  • 11:00 – 12:30 hours (full)
  • 13:30 – 15:00 hours (full)
  • 16:00 – 17:30 hours (full)
  • 18:30 – 20:00 hours (full)

What if someone can’t make it on time?

The time slots won’t be flexible. We would advise everyone to be punctual so that you and your family can enjoy and utilize the 1 hour 30 mins reserved for you. We have to hard stop at the end of the slot. This year, it’s a difficult format of the pujo, so we expect your support and cooperation.

Will it be possible to choose the preferable time slot?

Yes, you can choose your preferred time slot in your registration. That’s applicable for all the persons you are registering for. However, the time slots are subjected to availability on first cum basis.

What is covered in the registration cost?

  • Thakur darshan
  • Pujo experience (except the last evening slot) in a seated way, it won’t be possible to walk around.
  • Takeaway sweet box and pujo prasad (per regular e-ticket)
  • Token gifts from our sponsors
  • Last but not the least, ‘selfie’ with Maa Durga 🙂

How to reach the pujo venue?

Location: De Veranda, Amstelveenseweg 764, 1081 JK Amsterdam

De  Veranda is easily accessible by public transport. Please refer 9292.nl.
Nearest car parking: Amsterdam Bos main entrance (Hoof­den­tree) – it’s FREE on weekends and just 2 mins walking from De Veranda.

What about food/drinks?

No food/drinks are allowed inside the pujo premise. You can buy snacks/meals/drinks at the adjacent De Veranda restaurant.
As a thank you gesture, Hoichoi will arrange for takeaway sweet box and pujo prasad (per regular e-ticket).

Will it be possible to visit without registration?

Sorry, spot entry/registration will not be possible this year. We need the details of every individual (including kids) as per RIVM guidelines, so registration is mandatory.

Will it be possible to reserve multiple time slots?

Sorry, that won’t be possible this year. Time slots are limited and Hoichoi would like to give a fair opportunity to everyone to visit and do ‘protima darshan’ and ‘pujo experience’. We would encourage you to participate virtually/online for the other time slots.

Can the Durga Puja format change?

Yes, it might. We are keeping an eye on the directives released/ to be released by the government. The plans are subjected to change based on new RIVM/Gemeente guidelines.