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Bangladesh, Charak Puja
2012

The last day of Bengali year is observed all over rural Bangladesh as “Charak Puja”, a carnival where people arrange village fair and rituals. The believers of the Hindu religion celebrate this day to carry prosperity and to forget the grief and sufferings of the previous year. Also known as "Nil Puja", it is a celebration to satisfy "Lord Shiva".

The arrangement starts from village to village to procure the necessary components like paddy, oil, sugar, salt, honey, money and other items with the arranged cosmetics such as Shiva, Parvati and Narod. The cosmetic Shiva is locally called "Nil Pagol" or "JalKatha".
On midnight, the worshippers are gathered together to worship the God and after Puja the "Prosad" is distributed.

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