A Bengali family have founded a new Indian community group, which is aiming to bring the community together by celebrating Indian culture.
The group, Probashi Sanskritik Sangha, have recently put on an event called Durga Puja, the largest Bengali festival, which took place from 17 October – 20 October at the Cameron Centre in Lockleaze.
The event was attended by Labour MP Darren Jones and Deputy Mayor Councillor Asher Craig.
Onto my second event celebrating the Goddess Purga Durga at the Cameron Centre in Lockleaze 🙏🏾 Baby Iris is about to be blessed by the Priest in a traditional ceremony known as Kumari. Looking adorable with her grandmother dressed in traditional sari’s for the occasion💐 pic.twitter.com/E5UQErHwkz
— Cllr Asher Craig (@CllrAsherCraig) 19 October 2018
Joyjit is passionate about what his group can do for Bristol: “We must do something for the community, for the sake of our new generation who can contribute to our society to make our community strong and to make our country strong.”
The group wants to include people of all backgrounds and is happy about how their event has turned out. “We were a bit nervous in the beginning, we didn’t know how people would react. But they were so positive, so nice”, says Mini.
The word ‘Probashi’ relates to anybody who is away from their homeland. Joyjit wanted to set up the group to promote the idea that in our interactions with others we must always remember our roots.
Joyjit and Mini moved to Bristol and wanted to be able to connect with a variety of people across the city: ‘I think any kind of community event gives you the chance to reach to people, because that is how you connect.’
Probashi Sanskritik Sangha is planning another event tonight. Lakshmi Puja is a Hindu festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, who visits her devotees on this day to bless them and bestow them with presents.
Joyjit and Mini are inviting Bristol to the Hub in Lockleaze at 5pm tonight to celebrate together and learn about each other’s cultures.