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POPULAR BENGALI FESTIVAL

1 Bengali New Year The first day of Bengali calendar, also known as Poila Baishakh or Nabo Barsho — falls around April 14
2 Rabindra Jayanti Birth anniversary of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore–celebrated on May 7 or May 8
3 Birthday of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam Celebrated on May 25
4 Buddha Purnima Birthday of Lord Buddha - observed in the month of May
5 Rathayatra Chariot festival in the Bengali month of Ashadh — celebrated in the month of July
6 22 Srabon Death Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore – observed on August 8
7 Rakhi Purnima Raksha Bandhan festival – observed in August
8 Independence Day Obseved in 15th August
9 Janmashtami Birthday of Lord Sree Krishna - observed in the month of August
10 Eid-ul-Fitr Obseved in the month August or September
11 Mahalaya The invocation of goddess Durg — observed in September or October
12 Sharodiya Utsav Durga Puja -– celebrated in September or October
13 Kojagari Lakhsmi Puja Falls on the next full Moon day after Durga Puja
14 Kali Puja Godess Kali puja - observed in the month of October or November
15 Bhai Phonta Obseved just after Kali puja
16 Jagadhhatri Puja Observed in the Bengali month of Kartik October-November
17 Christmas Observed on December 25
18 Eid-uj-Zoha Observed in the month of Octobert
19 Paush Parbanor Paush Sankranti Observed in the month of January
20 Saraswati Puja Observed in the month of February
21 Maghotsav The main festival of Brahmo Samaj — Observed in the month of February
22 Muharram On the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
23 Birthdayof Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Observed on 23rd January
24 Republic Day Observed on 26th January
25 Shivaratri Observed on February or March
26 Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Observed in the month of March
27 Doljatra(Holi) Observed in the month of March
28 Bhasha Dibas(International Mother Language Day) Observed on 21st February

Some Other Festival

1 Akshay Tritiya A Hindu holy day, generally falls in May
2 Gangasagar MelaSnanjatra Holy dip in the Ganges on Makar Sankranti in January
3 Jhulanyatraof Lord Krishna Observed in the month of August
4 Shab-e-Barat A Muslim festival observed in the month of July or August
5 ViswakarmaPuja Observed on 17th September
6 KartikPuja Observed in the month of October or November
7 Basanti Pujaor Basant Navratri Observed In the month of March or April
8 Charak Puja(folk festival) Observed In the month of March or April
9 Rathayatra of Mahesh The second oldest chariot festival of India held in June-July
10 Gajan local Hindu festival held in April

District-wise Fairs of West Bengal

1 Kolkata Various fairs and festivals like Kolkata Book Fair (January-February), Kolkata Film Festival (November), Little Magazine Mela (January or February ), Natya Mela (Theatre Festival), Bangla Sangeet Mela and Paschim Banga Jatra Utsav,different type of Industry & trade fair (December to January) are organised throughout the year.
2 Cooch Behar ‘Rash Mela’ is held on the occasion of ‘Rashyatra’ of Madan Mohan Thakur in Cooch Behar district in November-December.
3 Darjeeling Teesta Tea & Tourism Festival is held in Darjeeling and other northern districts in November-December.
4 Jalpaiguri The month-long Jalpesh Mela is organised on the occasion of Shivratri in the months of February and March at Mainaguri in the district of Jalpaiguri.
5 Malda Mango and Tourism Festival is held in July in the district, famous for its mangoes.
6 South Dinajpur ‘Mokha Nach’, a dance with wooden masks and folk opera ‘Halna-Halnani’ are performed during Teesta Ganga festival in February
7 Bankura Bishnupur Festival is held in temple town of Bishnupur in Bankura district between December 27 and 31. Santhal festival of ‘Tusu Parab’ is celebrated in January.
8 Bardhaman Mahishmardini Puja in Kalna is a special attraction during Autumn.
9 Birbhum Kenduli Mela is held at Kenduli in Birbhum district in January, known for congregation of ‘bauls’ or wandering minstrels of Bengal. Poush Mela is organised from 7thPaush every year (month of January) at Shantiniketan, where the Visva-Bharati university founded by Rabindranath Tagore is situated. Vasanta Utsav (Spring Festival) is held at Shantiniketan in the month of March.
10 Purba Medinipur Bhim Mela on 11th day of Bengali month Magha and Charak Mela (both local festivals).
11 Paschim Medinipur Gajan Festival is celebrated in Chaitra Sankranti (Bengali year-ending).
12 Hooghly Rathyatra of Mahesh, the second oldest chariot festival of India after that of Puri, is held in June-July.
13 Purulia Tusu Parab is celebrated throughout the district in December-January.
14 Howrah A special festival is held in March-April at the Ram temple very near Santragachhi Jheel, known for visit of migratory birds
16 Murshidabad In the Bengali month of Bhadra, Bera Utsav is celebrated at Lalbagh on the bank of river Bhagirathi.
17 Nadia Rash Mela is held at Shantipur and Nabadwip. Sotimar Mela atGhoshparaKalyani and Lalan Mela at Kadamkhalivillage atAsannagar are also well-known.
18 South 24 Parganas Gangasagar Mela is held in mid-January in Sagar Islands (South 24 Parganas) on the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti