Today’s Holiday: Bera Festival (Bera Utsav)

Today’s Holiday:
Bera Festival (Bera Utsav)

Wherever there is a large body of water in Bengal, agricultural communities are likely to celebrate the Bera Festival. Holy men known as fakirs supervise the preparation of ornately decorated floats (bera means “raft” or “float” in Hindi), which are constructed in honor of Khaja Khizir, the patron saint of the waters. The centerpiece of the festival, the raft, is made out of local banana trunks that are lashed together to make a square platform. The float is then decorated with flags, flowers, and other trappings, and finally is pushed into the water to be received by Khaja Khizir. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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