Growing up in Kensington, Brooklyn in a predominantly Bangladeshi building, my Ramadans were an amalgamation of culture, faith, and history. I, along with other children in the building, would deliver iftar (the meal eaten to break the daily fast) to each other’s families, roaming up and down the stairs with plates of beguni (fried eggplant),
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By Bushra Mollick Honking cars, crowded sidewalks with glaring aunties and fruit-selling uncles, and Bangladeshi grocery stores line the streets of Jackson Heights. Large signs broadcasting “HALAL MEAT” greet marketgoers as small businesses continue to meet the needs of the community during a pandemic. While halal meat is accessible to most Bangladeshi New Yorkers today,
By Sadia Noor Joya Aside from the two Eids and Durga Puja, another significant shopping spree takes place in Bangladesh every year, during the shivering days of January. The annual frenzy is due to the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), a much-anticipated extravaganza where you can embark on a hunt for almost any coveted product.
By Shaolin Barid The historic events of February 21, 1952 mark an important day for the Bangla language and its preservation. On this day, college students from Dhaka University, Jagannath University, and Dhaka Medical College fought for Bangla to be the national language in what was then East Pakistan. The protests culminated in the Pakistani
By Sumaya Ahmed Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. She is also known as Sharada and is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvati. Saraswati Puja is celebrated in honor of Saraswati. This celebration marks the conclusion of winter and the beginning of spring. Along
Historically, called Rampur Boalia, nicknamed the Silk City or the City of Education, Rajshahi is a metropolitan city and a major urban, commercial, and educational center. The city is also the administrative seat of Rajshahi division and district. Rajshahi is located on the north bank of the Padma River, near the Bangladesh-India border. The city
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