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Armenian Christmas Celebration in Kolkata

With Christmas around the corner, Kolkata too is getting decked up in the mood of festivities. December 25th has now become a festival for all. Bow Barracks near Bowbazar celebrates the spirit of Christmas all through the week. But do you know, that another community that had made Calcutta its home way back in the seventeenth century celebrates Christmas on January 6th?  Yes, the Armenians celebrate Christmas on the 6th day of January and you can actually experience the Armenian Christmas celebration in the Holy Church of Nazareth at Armenian Street. During the Armenian Christmas season, the major events...

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Rosogolla Festival, Kolkata – a dive into the pool of sweet delight!

Red, yellow, pink and green – I looked at them wide-eyed. Well, I am talking about the savoury sweet delight – rosogollas! We were at the Acropolis Mall in Kolkata attending the Rosogolla Utsav or the Rosogolla Festival. When I heard about the Rosogolla Festival, my sweet tooth already started working wonders and prompted my mind to take a visit to the Mall. So along with our dear Uttara Di, we visited the Acropolis Mall on October 27 to attend the Rosogolla Festival. Shops of almost all the famous sweet makers of Kolkata were there – K.C Das, Balaram...

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival – Kolkata

There was a festive mood at the Calcutta Boating and Hotel Resorts near Tangra on the afternoon of 11th June 2017. Kolkata was celebrating the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. And the whole place was filled with people of the Kolkata Chinese community as well as others. All were there to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival also called Duwanu Jie is usually held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This year, the date was May, 28; but in Kolkata, the festival was celebrated on June 11. The festival involves...

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Ramzan Food Trail at Zakaria Street, Kolkata

Kolkata is celebrating the holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan. And the Ramzan fast breaks after the sunset with Iftar. Like all other festivals, Kolkata celebrates the month of piousness with equal passion. And exploring the area around Nakhoda Mosque during this time is an experience of a lifetime. So we got ready for a Ramzan Food Trail. What we experienced there was not only an experience of our palates but also a feast of our senses and reaffirmation of our faith! During the Ramzan month, the area around the Nakhoda Mosque in Chitpur adorns itself in a festive...

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WIKIPEDIA TAKES KOLKATA VI – Kolkata Photowalk

We know that Wikipedia is the world’s largest knowledge repository. But have you ever wondered from where does Wikipedia access all these lesser known information? Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia runs entirely on a voluntary basis. For this Wikipedia conducts Photowalk and workshops in various cities and those attending these activities voluntarily contribute to the great knowledge repository. Wikipedia holds city walks in almost all the major cities. Kolkata is no exception. Till now Kolkata had 6 Kolkata Photowalk, the last one, Wikipedia Takes Kolkata-VI was held on 29th January 2017. We were fortunate to be invited to such...

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The Chhapakhana Trail – A walk down the memory lanes

A century old printing technology is on the verge of dying, but still struggling to carry on the legacy. The letterpress printing in a nondescript shed in Potuatala Lane in College Street is one such printing press still printing reams of paper using the age old technology. Not everyday we come close to our past, or get to see the heritage of our city. The Chhapakhana trails organised by the “Future of the Past” in collaboration with Kolkata Bloggers aimed to make us aware of our past, our heritage. The Future of the Past is a project that aims...

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Chinese New Year Kolkata

New years are the time of celebration and are perhaps one of the most important festivals of the community. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals of the Chinese calendar. And the Chinese community in Kolkata celebrates it among mush festivities. 2017 is the year of Rooster according to Chinese Calendar. The Chinese New Year Kolkata is also one of the many cultural events that Kolkata boasts of. Many a time I had seen these colourful processions during the winters near the Territy Bazar area – dance performed by a handful dressed as dragons amidst...

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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (#AKLF2017)

Kolkata loves books. And the city responds so well to cultural and literary events. So when the 8th  edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 flagged off on the 6th June 2017, the event was well received by all. The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) reflects the vibrancy and culture of the city and it’s inauguration events are so arranged as to showcase the rich heritage of the city. It is also India’s only Literary festival that is held by a bookstore – the Oxford Book Stores. The Oxford Book Store in itself is a legacy of heritage. The brand “Oxford...

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St. John’s Church Kolkata – roaming around the lawn

In our last post, we had shared our visit to St. John’s Church, Kolkata. As mentioned, the church complex was actually a burial ground known as the old burial ground which was later donated by Raja Naba Krishna Bahadur of Sovabazar to Warren Hastings, the Governor General of Calcutta. The church complex has other monuments and memorials which speak of the colonial past of Calcutta. Here are the other structures present in the complex. Job Charnock’s Tomb This is perhaps one of the most important monuments of Kolkata itself. There are so many beautiful things to be seen in Kolkata...

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Reliving the history – St. John’s Church, Kolkata

Just as you move around the north-western corner of Raj Bhavan, the Governor’s house, you come across a Neo-classical structure – the St. John’s Church. The church stands tall as a witness to all the bygone eras of Kolkata. St. John’s Cathedral is the third oldest church in Calcutta only after the Armenian Church and the Old Mission Church. You might as well pass by the structure every now and then and might have dismissed it off as just another church. But the place is a treasure house of historical facts. The land on which the St. John’s cathedral...

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Galiff Street Pet Market, Kolkata – the hobbyists’ ultimate destination

As Sunday comes, the Galiff Street is bustling with the cacophonic sounds of birds, dogs and people selling their ‘merchandise’. Welcome to the largest and the oldest pet market of Kolkata – the Galiff Street Pet Market, also known as the” Bagbazar Sokher Haat”. The city of joy  holds the pet market every Sunday from early in the morning to the late afternoon and the Galiff Street literally becomes the “alley of joy”. Pets of various kinds like dogs, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs, fishes and even various types of plants are sold here.  The pet business owners from...

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Chaotic canvas of Mullick Ghat Flower Market of Kolkata

Just below the towering Howrah Bridge, the fascinating Mallick Ghat flower market is located. It was early in the morning with very few people on the usually busy road leading to Howrah station. But the largest flower market of Kolkata was already bustling with activity. Lying just beside the Hooghly river and the two famous bathing ghats of Kolkata – Mullick Ghat and Ramchandra Goenka Zenana bathing ghat, the Mullick ghat flower market is a celebration of senses. It is not only a visual delight to be here, but also your olfactory senses will be at work. The market...

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