Festivals of Bengal: A Journey of Nostalgia & Cultural Magic

Experience the vibrant tapestry of Bengali culture in just thirteen celebrations in the picture book,“Festivals of Bengal”. The author has used the literal meaning of the phrase ‘Baaro maashe, taro pabbon’, which in her mother tongue, Bengali, means `Thirteen festivals in Twelve months’’ indicating the abundance of festivities in Bengal and other parts of India.

Evocative illustrations and vivid recollections of Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Poila Boishakh and more take you through a journey of cherished memories as we relive the author’s childhood of growing up in a proverbial “village” of “aunties” and “uncles”. Feel the palpable excitement in the air, the anticipation of new clothes, delectable flavors and the joyous coming together of communities, as these stories capture a bygone era when festivals were intertwined with the rhythm of life. 

From the humble sowing of seeds to bountiful harvests, the book captures the essence of these age-old festivals, beyond their religious origins. As an added treat, the book includes some simple recipes, adding flavor and aroma to the reading experience.  

Ultimately, this book is a love letter to the author’s daughter and other children around our beautiful diverse world.

 “Festivals of Bengal” is an invaluable resource for parents, educators, and libraries, promoting diversity, and cultural appreciation where traditions intertwine with fond memories and the joy of celebration for readers everywhere.

Shubho Nobo Borsho.
Shubho Nobo Borsho
Saraswati Puja
Aditi Raychoudhury. Bodhon. 2019. Gouache and watercolors.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Bishorjon. 2020. Watercolor and Gouache.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Animal sacrifice. Kali Pujo. 2019. Gouache and Watercolor.
Kali Pujo


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