Throughout the year BAWA organizes different cultural events, religious events, and community building programs to underpin strong community bonding and enrichment of the next generation. We thrive our culture and immerse in a feeling of home away from home.
We Bengalis are known for our love for festivals and food. When it comes to the festive seasons, Bangaliyana cannot be complete without the tune of ‘Dhak’ at Durga Puja. Durga Puja – the Bengali spring festival – a community connection and wellbeing – is a life line of Bengali culture. In early 90’s of the last century a small group of Bengalis in Perth started the Durga Puja at their own house and the tradition continued. The idol was hand made by one of our community member and the pride of the puja was nothing less than what we feel today. We proudly celebrated our 28th Year of Durga Puja in 2020, the biggest and oldest puja in Perth.
Durga puja in Perth means wearing traditional clothes, offering Anjali, being vegetarian for at least a full day, acknowledging Bijoya to elders and youngers and being in a festive mood throughout. The familiar sound of Dhak, Dhunuchi Nachh and Shankho Dhowni, touches every tune of Bengali’s heart. active participation from wider Western Australian communities to transform our Durga puja event into a truly family and multicultural event.
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Kali Puja, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali, is one of the important festivals celebrated by the Bengalis in Perth.
As per the Hindu calendar, Kali puja falls on the amavasya of Karthik month, which is usually considered the darkest of all amavasya nights. The festival of Kali Puja happens to coincide with Diwali festival which is celebrated on the same auspicious day of the new moon and Halloween in English calendar.
On the Puja evening devotees gather at the Puja hall. The Yajna is performed by our priest and the offerings are made at the end. After Puja we enjoy dinner.
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Saraswati symbolizes creative energy and is considered as the goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. Saraswati Puja offerings are performs every year on the fifth day of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Magha (usually in the month of January/February), on the day called ‘Basant Panchami’.
It is considered as an auspicious day for kids to write their first words with their fingers/pen/pencil or study some creative art field. Books/notebook/music instrument/or any other creative art element are often put near the idol to seek blessing.
At BAWA every year we gather to pay homage to the goddess and seek her blessing at Saraswati Puja. Once, the puja rituals are over we share the prasad among family and friends. Saraswati puja is popular for its delicacies like khichuri, labra (mixed vegetables), begun bhaja, sweet chatney, papar vhaja and sondesh
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In BAWA we promote music, dance, drama or other cultural activities to develop and support a strong cultural community where we continue it for our next generation.
We host annual program in June July to showcase the talents in our community and be proud to be a part of a culturally strong heritage. We encourage BAWA members to perform if they wish to and shine the talent our community has. If you want to perform in our cultural night please send us email (hyperlink to contact us page)
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Each summer we have our annual picnic. It is a free event for our community members.
We usually choose a tranquil waterside location or a nature reserve park, usually less than an hour’s drive from Perth. We offer a bunch of games for our children, youth and adults. Members can relax, socialize and eat some fabulous food!
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