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Dr. Sushil Rudra
Introduction: What’s Fair ? BEST BENGAL MELA IN WINTER
Fair” meaning in Bengali ” Mela “. Mela is a place of assimilation. Peoples come together for enjoyment here , or to purchase something. Some visit to get various types of foods, drinks, dessert etc. Bengal Mela in Winter is a regular feature in West Bengal.
Bengal Mela in winter is like a social ceremony. Every year local committees organize various types of Mela. It’s Agricultural Mela, Handicraft Mela, Food fair, Pous Mela, Book Fair etc.
Mela(fair) in Winter is a special event. So we wait for it to enjoy with friends.
Bengal Fair in the Past :BEST BENGAL MELA TO ENJOY IN WINTER
Once upon a time Grameen Mela was a festival of a different kind. Nagordola, jilapi vaja and colorful balloon burinda, laddoos and delicious food get together.
Once upon a time, different types of rural fairs were held in villages and towns throughout the year. These rural fairs are now disappearing as our mind and mentality have changed with the times. A rural fair like this one, which is a holder of our own culture and tradition, is rarely seen now. However, in some places, many traditional fairs are still held, a tradition of many years, although it is rarely seen.
This fair has a history of almost two hundred years. But for the last twenty one years the fair is being held on the occasion of Mansa Puja of Hindu religion. This fair is organized in Launchghat area of Munshiganj Sadar.
Now, of course, village fairs can be called trade fairs in terms of decorations. All home decoration items, various rides for children, all modern eateries. But when I was a child, when I used to go to fairs holding the hands of uncle or grandmother/grandmother, there were so many beautiful clay toys. I have bought cows, roosters, laughter, small flower tubs, water guns and mud banks at every fair.
In fact, Winter in Bengal remains as a foreigners. It lingers very short period.
With numerous birds from aboard
seasonally come to visit here in Bengal. They take shelter in the lakes of Bengal.
Spreading their presence with their beautiful
songs. It’s in different scale and voice. It spreads a divine environment around the Places.
As a result, tourists from different corner of Bengal and other provinces used to visit there with their families.
Bengal Mela(fair)in winter is a special ceremony here. So there are choruibhati(feast in the remote places), the special events in Winter.
I have lots of memories of it. Every year I used to attend so many feasts (Choruibhati)in my school life with my friends.
In Bengal, groups of men and women,
Boys and girls are busy to travel with buses.
But some used to travel by private vehicles. They travel to Mythan, Masanjore to see the natural beauty of hilly barridge. Mostly are in the borders of Bengal and Jharkhand.
Some are visiting to Shantiniketan, the magnificent – Tagore’s paradise!
To see pousmela and Bouls of Bengal.
As Winter comes with a gorgeous dress and bitter cold.
So peoples are to dresses in warm clothing.
But poor people can’t afford it. So they are sufferings from a cold and cough. They have to face hurdles in this winter blow and ultimately die.
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Winter special mela begins in Durgapur.
So we visit the Sweet fest where lots of stalls temporarily start their Shops.
Where visitors gather to taste sitabhog
Or nalen gurer sandesh , mihidana and
various kind of sweets. It’s of different places
Of Bengal. Someone tasting Biriani with chicken curry. Last year we tasted it. But that was not good at all. So, I don’t wañt to have it.
As I am fond of sweets, so I first started to taste the famous Sitabhog of Bardhaman. Next, I tasted the langcha of Shaktigarh.
My daughter standing in front of a aachar shop
tasting almost all the aanchar. And eager to purchase two of these. These are very tasty.
Consequently, we enjoy the day long .
Hence, Winter means Christmas festival, mela and choruibhati.
And traveling with friends in historical places.
It’s Hajarduary of Murshidabad or Bandel Church.
Eventually, it stimulates monotonous life with great joy.
But the poor people can’t able to afford it. This is very tragic Undoubtedly.
The Bottom Line: BEST BENGAL MELA IN WINTER
Hence, they wait for summer. Because They couldn’t manage woolly garments for the bitter winter. However, we never miss Bengali Mela(fair) in Winter.
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