India as we know is a secular country enjoying the ceremonies and festivals of various culture all under the swirl of the tricolour (saffron, white and green). Bengal is known for its cultural heritage from every sense of the word. Be it the daily living, our rituals, festivals, literature, art and crafts or food, we have stamped our trade mark in all the fields.
"Bangaliana' as we call it is never complete without its festivals. Our culture rich as it is gives way for a number of festivals throughout the year which not only helps weaving us together in a single string but also commemorate and hold on to our age old heritage.Leaving alone the Durga Puja or 'Sarodotsav', Lakshmi puja, Kali puja Saraswati puja etc.,
Tradition, culture, rituals, and many more stand together as 'Bangaliana'.Its not only the date that we need to know but also the exact calculation of time (for tithi, nakshatra). The calculation for 'amaboshsha' 'purnima' and so on and so forth all herald from our very own Bengali calender a must necessity in all Bengali homes.
The Bengalis have always been known as the intellectual lot, keen on catering to their 'food for thought'.Not that they are far behind whereas 'food for taste' is concerned! Yes, the ever 'Bhojonroshik Bangali' takes a keen knack of making the best of the most simplest menu.
"Ruptoon" "Rupcharcha" these are very common words in a Bengali family. From the days of Brocade up to the modern days of crape, beauty tips have always been the prior topic among Bengali women. Ingredients ranging from our kichen in those days, to the sleek cosmetic containers nowadays all lead to our love for beauty eternally
Bangali' and entertainment are two words which are interwoven eternally.Our zeal and ardour to celebrate our ceremonies naturally give way to enhance our entertainment.In the olden days, especially in the zamindari system, fairs and 'jatras' seemed to be held in the villages just to mark the presence of the occasions.
Its said that Bengali love the four F's a lot. Namely- Food, Festival, Functions and Fervour to explore the nature and its beauty.Previously it was basically referred as 'change' or 'hawa bodol' to 'poschim' for upgrading health conditions. However the 'poschim' or west has bifurcated to north,south east along with west and even abroad.