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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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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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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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Interesting Facts about the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year are celebrated by about one-fifth of the world’s population. Here are some interesting facts about the New Year. Chinese New Year eve is the day before the New Year also known as chúxī. It is the day of family reunions. Chinese New Year day is traditionally called the chūyī in Chinese calendar. It is the day of family visits and New Year greetings. The New Year day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is celebrated during the winter holidays. The date is different to each year on the Gregorian calendar, but always...

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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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Harry Potter In Kolkata

The enormous bridge was looking so elegant and strong. Harry looked out from the window of the OLA cab and felt the cool breeze blowing from the river Hooghly. “Yes, I am finally back home, I am finally at Kolkata.” Harry’s reverie was suddenly broken by a long screech and Harry saw a long line of taxis and buses in front. “Some things will never change,” Harry chuckled. Harry clearly remembered the day when he first came to this big city. He was nervous about his future, tired because of the long journey, but overwhelmed seeing the city. The...

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Kolkata Traveller’s Meet

A few days back I was quite fortunate to attend a Traveller’s Meet organized in Kolkata. The meet was organized by Kolkata Bloggers and Nomadic Clouds at Infinity Benchmark Building on 4th of May. I had always wondered that in spite of the Bengalis being such a travel loving community, why travel meets eluded the city of Kolkata. I have seen a number of travel meets, blogger’s meet happening in other cities like Bangalore and Delhi, but very few in Kolkata. We Kolkatans love to travel as well as to write. What was holding us back? So when I...

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