Bangla-O-Biswa is a premier non-profit, tax exempt organization registered under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal revenue code of 1954, serving the Greater Boston area. It is a membership based organization and organizes six regular events each year:
- Saraswati Puja
- Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival)
- Members Appreciation day (Annual Picnic)
- Durga Puja
- Kali Puja
- Holiday Celebration party
Saraswati Puja is commemorated to worship Goddess Saraswati
Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival):
It is a colorful festivals for all Indians and known as Holi. It occurs at the end of winter when spring comes with its beauty. Falgun and Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol utsav. During this season nature shows its own beauty with colorful flowers of Palash, Shimul etc.
Rabindranath Tagore started Dol utsav in his institution with colorful cultural programs. It coincide with Holi. The students of Viswa-Bharati celebrate Basanta utsav in very special way. They make the festival more colorful and attractive to all came from outside the district and also from abroad by their magnificent live performance.
Members Appreciation day (Annual Picnic):
Bangla-O-Biswa organizes a Summer Picnic for our members to enjoy on a fun-filled afternoon of food, music and games. We typically use the grill to cook, arrange games for everyone with prizes to be given and enjoy the"adda"
Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga's consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga's children. Worship of mother nature is done, through nine types of plant (called "Kala Bou"), including a plantain (banana) tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.
Kali Puja, also known as Shyama Puja is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik.
Kali puja (like Durga Puja) worshipers honor goddess Kali.
It coincides with the pan-Indian Lakshmi Puja day of Diwali.
Holiday Celebration party:
Bangla-O-Biswa organizes a Holiday Celebration party in the last week of December. The party brings together everyone from the community to celebrate Christmas and the New year.