Culture

Things only Bengalis can relate to.

In December 2021, UNESCO included Kolkata’s Durga Puja into the Intangible Cultural Heritage list. 

Bengali people get recognised for cultural stability and maintaining their stereotypical aura. It’s been time and again that Bengali tradition, language, and habits highlighted the awesomeness in their lifestyle. Be it waiting for the Durga puja with excitement or celebrating every other festival with great enthusiasm, Bengali people are always in the mood for the fiesta.

But wait! It isn’t always about festivals and celebrations. They have some more in their basket of tradition, culture, and stereotypes. So, let us look at some interesting facts with which only Bengalis can feel related.

Boroline and Bengalis go hand in hand. Since time immemorial, boroline got considered a cure for everything in a Bengali household. Everything includes chapped lips, cracked heels, cuts, infections or minor burns. For Bengalis, boroline is a go-to weapon in all cases.

If Macher Jhol is love, then Pathar Mangsho is an emotion for Bengalis. Even today, Sundays in a Bengali household goes incomplete without the aroma of Kosha Mangsho coming out of their kitchen. It is one of the most loved dishes served at every gathering, occasion, and party. If you don’t believe me, ask your Bengali friend to invite you over for a weekend lunch.

Maatir Bhaar er Cha works as a secret potion to energise the Bengali people. Most of you might think it isn’t News for Indians to love drinking tea. But wait! Let me point out the difference between a cup of warm tea and Bhaar (earthen cup) er cha. A sip of tea with an earthy aroma has got the power to increase a Bengali person’s productivity. Ask a Bengali about their adda at a tea stall, and they will come up with hundreds of memories that got created over a cup of tea.

Dhunuchi Naach is the eternal talent in a Bengali. If you ever visit a Durga puja pandal, never leave without watching the dhunuchi dance. It is one of the most beautiful essences in Bengali culture and tradition. In this, people dance to the rhythm of dhak, holding dhunuchis in front of Devi Durga. The blazing smoke of the burnt coconut barks has a soothing aroma which creates a vibe for everyone to enjoy. This dance form gets considered a vital part of evening aarti during Sandhi Puja.

Bengalis cannot go without their afternoon nap. It is an important part of their daily routine, and nobody can take their lyadh (leisure) time away. Although, now most of them do not enjoy this time due to strict working hours. However, they do not hesitate to compensate it throughout the weekend.

Orna Ghosh

Orna is an engineer from Northeast with a keen interest in creative writing. Mysterious facts and thriller stories creates a buzz in her. Living in the city but her heart always belong to the hills, after all Winter is Coming. Let's cosy up and grab a cup of Coffee with some new stories to read.
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