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Monday, March 16, 2015

Ghetu Puja

Ghetu Puja is being observed today on Ghetu Sankranti in rural Bengal.
It is a traditional festival of rural areas. In the morning and
evening, kids come to every household with lantern, incense sticks and
Ghetu flowers to sing the songs of Ghetu. They collect small amount of
money from the household. It is the ritual of certain classes of rural
people.

Ghetu flowers are always bloom in the spring time mainly on the
roadside and waste lands. It is a white flower with sweet scent and
pink on the centre arranged in branched clusters. Hill Glory Bowed is
the common name of this flower. It's botanical name is Clerodendrum
Infortunatum. It belongs to the plant family Verbenaceae. This is
native to our region. We all know it by the names Ghetu, Ghontakorno,
Bhat and Bhaita.

--
A. B.

3 comments:

aparna kolkata said...

yes ,We used to do GHETU PUJO in our village of Hoogly District .
We at our childhood used to decorate a GHETU PALKI with ghetu flower and other flowers too and used to go door to door to collect
GHETU JAY GHETU JAY GHOSH PARA
AAY RE GHETU NOREY , SHASTI KANSHE KOREY ...Je DEBE MUTHO MUTHO ___ .TAR DUAREY SONA CHHORAI .
After collecting those money and other material childred arrange for Picnic . THose days were really beautiful.

Asim Kumar said...
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Asim Kumar said...

Very pleasing your reminiscence. And the song is beautiful too. Childhood is the best time to enjoy freely.
Thanks for sharing.