West Bengal – Culture and Tradition

West Bengal – Culture and Tradition

West Bengal – Culture and Tradition. Located at the eastern end of Gangetic plains, the apex of the Bay of Bengal. Made up of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta system.

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. Also known as the cultural capital of India. This place is the birthplace of many Indian literary and artists. Such as Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Swami Vivekananda. Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Satyajit Ray. They made Bengal the face of progress and culture in India.

West Bengal Culture

Tradition of Bengal

West Bengal was the richest part of Medieval India. West Bengal has got a long tradition of popular literature, music and drama. That is based on Bengali folklore and Hindu epics and Puranas.

Bengali wedding ritual and ceremonies can take several days. It starts with the Kabin ceremony and ends with the Bou Bhat ceremony. Usually, the rituals are classified as the Ghoti and Bangal rituals.h West Bengal – Culture and Tradition.

Durga

Festivals of Bengal

Durga Puja is one of the biggest festival in Bengal. Most vibrant festival throughout the state. Temporary pandals are raised everywhere to worship goddess Durga.

Other festivals of importance are Dolyatra, Saraswati Puja, Kojagori Lakshmi Puja. Rath Yatra, Janmashtami, Jagaddhatri Puja, Shivratri, Vishwakarma Puja. Kartik Puja, Raas Yatra, Ganesh Chathurthi, Eid al-Adha (Bakr-Id), Muharram. Buddha Purnima, Poush Parbon, Gajan, Bhai Phonta, Pohela Boishakh, and Ganga Sagar Mela. Poyela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali new year. West Bengal – Culture and Tradition.

West Bengal Costume

Costumes of Bengal

Bengali women wear the sari and shalwar kameez. Also the western attire has gained acceptance among younger and professional women. While the costume for men is the dhoti, panjabi kurta, sherwani, pajama, and lungi.

Bengal cuisine

Cuisines in Bengal

Boiled rice and roti constitute Bengali food. It is served with a variety of vegetables, fried as well with curry, thick lentil soup. And fish, egg and meat preparations of mutton and chicken. And more rarely pork, duck, lamb and beef by certain groups.

Sweets are mostly milk-based. It consist of several delights including roshgulla, doi, sandesh. Rasamalai, amriti, kalo jamun, pantua, rajbhog, gaja, bonde. Pithe, mihidana, laddu, and chom-chom.

West Bengal Dance
West Bengal Festival

Music and Dances of Bengal

The Baul tradition is a unique heritage of Bengali folk music. While Gombhira, Bhawaiya, kirtans, and Gajan festival music are also other folk music. Bengal dance form is Chau dance, Gaudiya Nritya. West Bengal – Culture and Tradition.

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