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One Moon: Many interpretations beyond the borders

One Moon: Many interpretations beyond the borders

Before the astronomical discoveries, people romanticized the Moon for its mysteriously bejewelled shimmer according to their imaginations. This practice used to be very common among many cultures. The Moon symbolizes love, passion, healing, emotion, intuition, kindness, memories, secrecy, femininit


Discover the ancient gems of North Bengal

Discover the ancient gems of North Bengal

Bangladesh is a beautiful blend of different cultural traditions. Of all the eye-catching places of Bangladesh, North Bengal is the most underrated despite offering various ancient monuments and natural landscapes.  This part of Bangladesh contains most archaeological sites, such as UNESCO Wo

Folktales drenched in rain: From Bengal to Greek mythology

Folktales drenched in rain: From Bengal to Greek mythology

Yearning for rain is a timeless feeling. The expression may evolve over the centuries, but the anticipation is evergreen. Rainstorms have fascinated the romantic, humbled the brave, scared the religious, blessed the farmer, and demolished the homeless. Rain has been integral to humankind's folktale

Angkor Wat: The world's eighth wonder

Angkor Wat: The world's eighth wonder

Angkor Wat, the awe-inspiring temple complex in Cambodia, is now among the world's most remarkable creations and has been named the Eighth Wonder of the World. This prestigious title, reserved for exceptional architectural and engineering feats, underscores the unique features that make Angkor Wat

Srijani Shilpagram: A cultural hub of Santiniketan

Srijani Shilpagram: A cultural hub of Santiniketan

Srijani Shilpagram is situated in Santiniketan. A village, an entire collection of artworks, is not an actual village itself, though it has the word 'gram' in it. This locality has been brewed up to keep the rural vibe alive. But it can be labelled as an ideal village, including diversity, trade, v

5000-year-old tradition: Japan's thatched roof villages live on

5000-year-old tradition: Japan's thatched roof villages live on

Nestled in the mountains north of Kyoto lies a cluster of villages where time seems to stand still. Here, traditional thatched-roof houses, a testament to Japan's 5,000-year-old architectural heritage, are preserved and celebrated. Miyama, a region of exquisite beauty with 57 villages nestled amid

Silk in Bangladeshi fashion

Silk in Bangladeshi fashion

When asked about the silk mania in the market, trying to source the reason with quite a bit of difficulty thinking, the sellers answered, "Egula chole beshi" (they are popular). Delicate cotton is rare; those premium Muslins that could easily pass through rings worn on fingers reside now in Shahbag

Motifs of Pohela Boishakh: Celebration that did not change

Motifs of Pohela Boishakh: Celebration that did not change

Another year passed by. Another new start will be added to the Bengali date calendar, shoppers will open a new Haalkhata. And so on. The preparations for Pohela Boishakh are now almost finished. Throughout all the heatwave and crumbled space for sweating, nature did not wait to start afresh. Raw m

A reminiscent tour of Chaand Raat through the decades

A reminiscent tour of Chaand Raat through the decades

It's a Ramadan evening in the early 2000s. You and your friends have gathered in the nearest open space after Iftar, enthusiastic for the moon sighting of Eid-ul-Fitr. Your mothers and aunts have gathered to see the moon, which is unusual because they aren't usually out during Iftar hours. After se

Nostalgia in the digital shift: Eid cards in the modern age

Nostalgia in the digital shift: Eid cards in the modern age

As the digital age continues to surge, one cherished tradition that has embraced the digital revolution is the exchange of Eid cards. They used to be the biggest deal; you couldn't imagine Eid without Eid cards—picking out the perfect card, writing a heartfelt message, and sending it off to y