Poush Parbon (Winter Festival) | Bengalis in Vancouver

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Happy Poush Parbon to all the Bengalis in Vancouver!

Poush Parbon is observed on the last month of the Bengali Month Poush, and parbon means festival. It is also called Poush sankranti. It is the Bengali celebration of Makar Sankranti. People take bath in the Ganga. We also prepare dishes with winter delicacies like nolen gur (palm jaggery).

Earlier in farming families it was celebrated as winter harvesting festival. It is similar to how it is celebrated in the south and north of India in that aspect. The same festival of harvest is called with different names all over India, like Lohri in Punjab, Makar Sakranti in North, Bhogali Bihu in Asam, Uttararyan in Gujarat, Pongal in Tamilnadu.

Special Food on Poush Sankranti:

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Patisapta. Photo Credit: Nabamita Guha

If you get the chance, try Pithe and Patishapta, famous preparations of Poush Parbon! They are delicious.

Bengali Food Restaurant in Vancouver Area:

Try Roy’s Indian Food located at Delta, BC if you are looking to taste Bengali Food in Metro Vancouver. As per reviews on their google page, this restaurant is highly recommended for those who are seeking an authentic Bengali culinary experience.


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