Bengalis belong to an ethnic group of people residing in the region of Bengal, which is now divided into West Bengal of India and Bangladesh. Bengali or Bangla language originated from eastern Indo Aryan language is the native language of Bengal. Bangla is very sweet language where it ranks as the sixth largest spoken language in the world, the national language of Bangladesh and primary language of West Bengal. Bengali language is the second most spoken language after Hindi in India.
Apart from West Bengal, the community is found in various Indian states of Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Tirupura and New Delhi. Some of the castes of the community are Bengali Brahmin, Kayastha, Mahishya, Baishya, Baidya and Kulin. Bengali community is considered highly intellectual with a lot of interest in art, literature and cultural activities.
The community is very culture conscious people who enjoy each festival with traditions and customs. No matter whether it is simple or lavish matrimony ceremony it is always celebrated in a very traditional way.
The Bengali weddings consist of many interesting and meaningful customs and rituals. Some of these are described ahead. Bor Jatri - The journey of boy to girl’s house). Bor Boron - The welcoming of the boy by the girls family. Potto Bastra - New clothes are offered by the bride’s family elder to the boy. Mala Badal - The bride and the groom exchange garlands. Subho Dristi - The bride and the groom look at each other in presence of family. Some of the other rituals are Sampradan, Saptapadi and Sindoor Daan etc.
The community cherishes the wedding ceremony as an event occurring just once during the lifetime. The parents of both bride and the groom along with all the attendees remain fully involved throughout pre wedding, wedding and post wedding ceremonies. It is very interesting to participate in the Bengali wedding ceremony to watch the whole event.