Festivals in West Bengal

West Bengal is a state in the eastern part of India. The common language of West Bengal is ‎Bengali (Bangla). It is between the Bay of Bengal and Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital is Kolkata. West Bengal is religiously diverse, with regional cultural and religious specificities.

West Bengal celebrates many festivals throughout the year in India. Although Hindus are the predominant community, West Bengal has a large minority Muslim population. Buddhists, Christians, and others form a minuscule part of the population. West Bengal The Bengali proverb “Baro Mase Tero Parbon” (“Thirteen festivals in twelve months”) indicates the abundance of festivity in the state. In West Bengal, throughout the year many festivals are celebrated.

Also Read: Districts in West Bengal

Famous Festivals of West Bengal

  • Kalpataru Utsab (কল্পতরু উৎসব)
  • 21 February – Bengali language Day (ভাষা দিবস)
  • Bengali New Year
  • Gaura Purnima
  • Mangal Shobhajatra (মঙ্গল শোভাযাত্রা)
  • Bhai Phonta (ভাই ফোঁটা)
  • Kali Puja (কালি পূজা)
  • Lakshmi Puja
  • Dolyatra (দোলযাত্রা)
  • Durga Puja (দুর্গাপূজা)
  • Indian Independence Day
  • Jagadhhatri Puja (জগদ্ধাত্রী পূজা)
  • Janmashtami (জন্মাষ্টমী)
  • Nandotsav
  • Nazrul Jayanti
  • Mahalaya (মহালয়া)
  • May Day
  • Muharram (মহরম)
  • Paush Parban (পৌষ পার্বন)
  • Pohela Falgun
  • Rabindra Jayanti
  • Death Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti
  • Rathayatra (রথ যাত্ৰা)
  • Rakhi Bandhan (রাখি বন্ধন)
  • 26 January- Republic Day
  • Saraswati Puja (সরস্বতী পূজা)
  • Shivaratri (শিবরাত্রি)
  • Birthday of Netaji
  • Birthday Of Swami Vivekananda
  • Jhulanjatra (ঝুলন যাত্রা)
  • Christmas (বড়ো দিন)

West Bengal: Land of Festivals

West Bengal is a land of festivals. There is a popular saying in Bengali ‘‘Baro Mase Tero Parban’: it means thirteen festivals in twelve months. Almost all festivals of all religion are celebrated here with equal religious sentiment and fervor. The people of West Bengal strive hard to maintain the tradition and culture of its land in the festivals they celebrate. A great number of fairs are also organized. The most popular festival celebrated in West Bengal is Durga Puja where all the people come out in the streets and celebrate this four day festival.

Other festivals of West Bengal

Other festivals celebrated in West Bengal are Kaali Puja, Basant Panchami, Dushera, Bahi Dooj, Holi, Mahavir Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti, Rathyatra and Christmas. Festivals in the state of West Bengal is always celebrated with great pomp and show, be it a big event or a small one. The Bengali year starts with the first Baisakh that is the Naba Barsho which is in mid April. It is the beginning of a new year for this state. The day is celebrated throughout the state especially by the Bengalis. The day is marked with news clothes, flowers, and offerings at temples and visiting shops that have been decorated for this day.
Other events which have almost taken the form of festivals are Rabindra Jayanti (birthday of Rabindranath Tagore), Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

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