আমি বাংলায় দেখি স্বপ্ন,
আমি বাংলায় বাঁধি সুর
আমি এই বাংলার মায়াভরা পথে হেঁটেছি এতটা দূর।
বাংলাই আমার জীবনানন্দ
বাংলা প্রাণের সুখ
আমি একবার দেখি, বারবার দেখি, দেখি বাংলার মুখ |
Bengali is the language of heart, language of motherhood, language of protest, language of independence, language of love and care.
"Baro mashe tero parbon" (thirteen festivals in twelve months) is indeed the ideal proverb that descibes our big fat culture and tradition, and remembering our 33crores GOD and GODDESS, cherishing each and every one of them with equal amount of devotion.
Poila Baisakh (Bengali New Year) starts by touching the feet of elders and receiving their blessings, wearing new dresses after bath and worshipping God and Goddess for the year to go well. Shop owners worship Goddess Lakshmi and God Ganesha for the shops well being, and reopening accounts of shops, also known as "Halkhata" in bengali.
We Bengali people love to have fun on every occasions. We try to follow all the rituals in a disciplined way and make them interesting too. In Lakshmi Puja , we draw alpona on the floor of the rooms, followed by the footprints of Goddess Lakshmi to welcome her.
Durga Puja is the greatest festivals among Bengalis, its the celebration of the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishashura. The Goddess Durga known as the "destroyer of evil", she is the protector of the righteous. The festival is celebrated with buying new dresses for the little ones to the old, decorating houses, with songs playing over PANDALS , dance with the DHUNOOCHI in hand, fasting followed by feasts, and pujas or grand ceremonies at temples and religious recitals. The Goddess is immersed in water (BISHORJON) with heavy heart and with the hope to welcome her sooner.
Bengalis are filled with surprises. With the combination of red bindis and saree are worn by women and men opt for Dhoti kurtas.
Occasions is incomplete without food, we just can't live without our Bhaat, Dal, Sabzi and Maach and end with Chutney, Papad, Payesh and many more. There is always a competition between Ghoti and Bangal. Ghoti loves chingri (prawn) and Bangal loves ilish (hilsa). But now we Bengali don't leave any food behind, no one can even beat our chingri macher malaikari(an item of prawn), and ilish mach bhaja(fried hilsa) with garam bhaat( rice). Sweets made with milk and its subsidiaries are famous for different tastes at different shops. Rosogolla, lyangcha, lod chomchom, khirkadam, rasamalai, kalakand, doibora and many more have been loved throughout the bengali. Nowadays, everyone tries to explore more food styles, but at the end of the day that bhaat (rice), maach(fish) makes us satisfied.
Fuchka ( golgappa) dipped in the tetul jol(tamarind) is our mood changer. It can beat many other mouth-watering snacks.
Music, dance and art are in the vein of Bengali's.
Whenever we listen to dhaker taal, we just can't wait to dance.
Gaudiya Nritya is a bengali classical dance tradition. It originated from gauda(gaur). Purulia is famous for 'chou' dance, performers wear huge masks and dance in their way.
Dance on the songs by Rabindranath Tagore is known as Rabindra Nritya, folk dance and many others are also being performed by dancers.
Baul songs are the most famous traditional song throughout the culture. Music increases the rich heritage of us. Folk songs dedicated to God and kirtan are sung by people in huge choras. Songs by Rabindranath Tagore are known as Rabindra Sangeet and songs written by Kazi nazrul Islam known as Nazrulgeeti . A variety of music can be heard to heal the vibes.
Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Iswarchandra Bidyasagar, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Michael Madhusudon Dutta ,Satyajit Ray ,Sukanto Bhattacharya encripted the name of bengali literature in the book of history. Rabindranath Tagore got the Nobel prize for literature for his "Gitanjali". Kids are fond of reading poems by Sukumar Ray. Sunil Gangopadhyay and many others made the headline for the tag holding Bengali's culture.
Bengalis are nowhere less, we are tough competitors in every competition.
Late night theatre shows are one of the nostalgic feelings of Bengali's day. We are not lacking behind our culture. We are proud because of award-winning film director Satyajit Ray, contemporary filmmakers Shiboprasad Mukherjee, Rituparna Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Nandita Roy, Anurag Basu portrayed us in different ways with emotions piled up in their movies.
Our childhood started with our grandparents dictating stories at night such as Thakumar Jhuli, Panchatantra, Khirer putul, etc.
Beyond everything, whenever we Bengali hear that any bengali is shameful for becoming bengali, we feel sorry for them. The taste, the culture and the heritage are the most beautiful in Bengali people's hearts. We feel proud to learn new languages, there is no wrong in it, but we should never forget our roots.
We are proud being Bangaleese, we will love to be bangaleese forever.
ভায়ের মায়ের এত স্নেহ কোথায় গেলে পাবে কেহ
ওমা তোমার চরণ দুটি বক্ষে আমার ধরি
আমার এই দেশেতে জন্ম যেন এই দেশেতে মরি।।