Bengali traditions and more! During Durga Puja, the Bengalees dance with Dhunuchi (an earthern pot kind of structure) before goddess Durga. In older times women wore red white saree for this purpose. Now with time, some women prefer wearing other ethnic wear or sarees of various colour for Dhunuchi dance, though a large number of women still dance wearing red white saree.
Earrings-Sadar Bazar, New Delhi
Bracelet- Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
RASGULLA ( রসগোল্লা) "আহঃ মশাই এত দিন পর আমার শহরে এসেছেন, মিষ্টি মুখ না করিয়ে কিন্তু যেতে দেবো না, বলে রাখলুম হ্যা ।" Every visitor in my city has to go through these lines of " অতিথি অ্যাপায়ান" at least once. That's the unbreakable bond we hold with our sweets. Bengali people always feel proud, happy and emotional about what they have or what they do instead of copying other people's traditions even if that is way better than their own. That is why Dada is way more popular than Sachin here, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan football clubs are more favorite than Barcelona and Real Madrid.
KOLKATA offers a rich variety of delicacies for every palate. The sweet tooth of Bengalis, as well as the variety of sweets and desserts available in the region, is astounding. While some of those quintessentially Bengali recipes and items have now found their way to the rest of the country, there are several which have not reached their deserved potential and popularity yet.
One of the most famous Bengali sweets, Roshogolla is a soft round mithai made out of Chhena and dipped into a sugary syrup. With this dessert, it is usually difficult to stop after devouring only one.
Not only Bengali people prefer sweet food, they have a sweet heart and behavior too. Visit once, you will feel the difference
On Bijoya Dashami (last day of Durga Puja) women bid farewell to the Goddess and her four children with vermilion and sweets. This day is marked with 'Sindur Khela' or, smearing of the vermilion. After bidding her farewell, the married women smear one another with sindur/sindur (vermillion) and pray for their long and happy married lives. It is believed that sindur khela dates back to time when the tradition of Durga puja started nearly 400 years ago.
Sindur Khela symbolizes the power of womanhood in protecting her husband and children from all evil. Through the ritual of Sindur Khela, the Bengali Hindu women pray for long and happy married lives of each other. Family tiffs and petty quarrels between neighbours are settled through this ritual. Unmarried women and widows are barred from participating in the ritual, but a recent campaign by the Calcutta Times has revived the practice of just women - be it married, widowed, transgender individuals or women of the red-light area, to play with Sindoor to show that this is a universal bonding for all women, all sisters and not restricted only to married women.