Shaad, a pre-birth celebration for the Bengali woman

I learned a new word today. I looked up “shaad”, and this blog post is what I found. There will be lots and lots of learning in the months ahead…

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Currently facing my 6th month of pregnancy, my Mother wanted to celebrate it by having a Shaad, meaning ‘desire’ in Bengali. Traditionally, the Shaad is celebrated along with the pregnant woman’s close friends and relatives, the idea being to surround the woman with as many positive vibes possible. The actual meal of the shaad is supposed to consist of all of the pregnant woman’s favourite food.

That wasn’t too tough for me to decide on what I wanted to eat, since I like almost everything of what Bengali food has to offer! Being a very unfussy person, I didn’t want to have any get together. My cook in Kolkata, Shumi prepared this lovely lavish feast for me. I have never seen or heard of a shaad before, so I had no idea that so much hard work was involved into making one. (If I’d have known earlier, I would have…

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One response to “Shaad, a pre-birth celebration for the Bengali woman

  1. Thank you again for the reblog! I love your blog, and looking forward to reading more of them.

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