Thursday, July 18, 2024
West Bengal

Festivals and Fairs

▪ Durga Puja ▪ Diwali ▪ Muslim Festivals ▪ Festival of Sahajiya Sect ▪ Orthodox Vaishnava festivals
▪ Rathayathra ▪ Holi ▪ Rabindra Jayanti ▪ Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
▪ Dussera ▪ Fairs ▪ Sri-Panchami ▪ Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Rabindra Jayanti
Rabindra Jayanti (Celebration of the birthday of Rabindrnath Tagore) falling on May,7/8 is the most widely observed cultural festival in West Bengal. All cultural associations and groups in town and village celebrate this day with programmes of song, dance and drama composed by Tagore which run for days together. Meeting and seminars are held for discussion on the different aspects of his encyclopedic personality. Another cultural mela on an ambitious scale is the Banga Samsriti Sammelan held annually in Calcutta. Usually a 15-day festival it represents all the different features of Bengali performing arts, traditional and modern, rural and urban. The Sammelan has came to acquire a highly representative character.