Joynagarer moa is one of popular sweets in Bengal. This Bengali sweet available during winter season is a famous but rustic sweet and a must taste during winters which is sweet, round and quintessentially Bengali made from khoi, kheer and nolen gur, and is only a winter treat.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Over the last century, with the gradual secularization of the West, and in particular of the Northern Europe, Christmas has continued to be a day of celebration for non Christians even in Kolkata, taking on different meanings from the religious. In this context, the Christmas feast is generally seen as linked to the family, solidarity, the exchange of gifts and the figure of Santa Claus.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Bhai Phota, is performed by the sister who religiously fasts until she applies a phota or mark on her brother's forehead, offers him sweets and gifts and prays for his long and healthy life. The tilak applied on brother's forehead is made of ghee, sandalwood chandan paste and kaajal. The sisters wish happiness to the brothers by giving them sweets, while brothers promise to protect their sisters.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Kali Puja is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon night during October or November. Despite being grossly identified as a symbol of darkness and violence, she is a beneficent deity and terrifying at the same time, with a number of attributes from the deep symbolic meaning.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Dhanteras is the inaugural day that starts off the Diwali celebrations. The day is associated with purchase of gold and worship of Goddess Lakshmi. Exchanging of gold and silver gifts are popular traditions associated with the festival. Around 200 kg of gold jewellery is manufactured in Bengal every day. People buy gold the day before Diwali to bring good fortune and wealth for the coming year.
Monday, October 26, 2015
The beginning of cold season Sharad Ritu of the year is marked with this day. Being the full moon day it is said that the Amrit of life is showered on all the living beings of the earth on this day of Sharad Purnima. As just before this day the monsoon ends and moon appears to be very bright, a change of season is marked. A special calmness, cheerfulness and enjoyment seems to be showered by the moon on this night. And the believe not to sleep the whole night and spend night singing, playing games and doing other activities and amusements.