It is believed that Kali puja removes all the distress and ushers in joy and success. In many areas, Kali puja is a community festival and huge idols of Goddess Kali is worshipped. The main rituals begin at .
Special aratis and pujas are conducted on the day. Another tradition is the bursting of the crackers.
The day is also highly auspicious for tantrics and black magicians.