Us Bangladeshis love to celebrate, and we tend to embrace and participate in all cultural festivities regardless of our personal religious backgrounds.
Durga Puja is one of the most important and auspicious occasions for the Hindu population of Bangladesh. It is commemorated with the worshipping of the Goddess Durga and celebrates Goddess Durga’s victory over the evil demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja is marked as a national holiday in Bangladesh and the celebrations for this occasion are grandiose. Although I don’t adhere to the religion, I love it whenever I get an invite to a friend’s house for the puja celebrations
People of all walks of life and of all religions are found visiting the Puja Mondops, the sites at which the large festivities are held, in order to witness colourful and vibrant celebrations. Women dress in sarees, and the men in panjabis/kurtas, sometimes paired with a dhuti.
Red is an extremely popular choice of colour for this event, and many women choose to wear a traditional saree, such as the one I am wearing now.
The saree I am wearing is called a pure kachipuram and it is so called, because expert weavers of the Kanchipuram region of India meticulously craft these sarees. They are constructed of pure mulberry silk and are decorated with gold plated threds known as zari.
I liked this saree because of it’s bold colour and it’s simple yet prominent, thick rose-gold par border and achol/ pallu (the end of the saree). It’s a design that can be worn by girls and women of all ages and on a variety of occasions.
Of course I had to add my own personal touch to the saree, so I choose a dark green blouse with three quarter length sleeves in a contrasting deep red colour. The detailing on the sleeves of the blouse reflects the colours of saree, whilst the green provides a nice break in the colour.
Many women also choose to wear a teep, commonly known as a bindi on this occasion, however, I’ve always felt like I don’t pull them off very well. I did, however, add the red lips, which is also a popular choice for make-up for this occasion.