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(edited) Aiburobhat in a Bengali Wedding- Mind-blowing Things Wikipedia Can’t Tell You

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In Bengali, “Aiburo” means bachelor and “Bhat” means rice. The word “Aiburobhat” means having “Bhat” or rice being a bachelor or ‘Aiburo’. Bengali wedding traditions are famous for its extraordinary style, and Aiburobhaat is one such tradition of feeding the bride and groom one last time, an eclectic mix of meal, as Bachelor and Bachelorette.

While many other forms of Indian Weddings hinges more of the visual grandeur of the celebrations, Bengali weddings have a strange endearing simplicity to it, and Aiburubhat is one such tradition, the family celebrates, before the wedding, to exchange blessing and love for the bride and groom. 



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Aiburobhaat- A Deep Dive into the Tradition: 

Rice or Bhaat symbolises prosperity in Bengali culture and being one of the staples of the region, Rice is omnipresent in meals, celebrations and almost everything that Bengalis do. So, the Bhaat in Aiburobhaat, is of utmost importance when it comes to preparing the menu for this Bachelorette party organized by the parents of the soon to be Bride and Groom. 

This practice has a scientific side to it too, usually a Bengali Wedding is of two days, and the wedding day can be physically and mentally exhausting for the soon to be couple, this celebration is a gesture by the parents to keep them well-fed, show their support and love for them and also prepare them mentally to happiness accept the pleasant change a marriage brings in ones life. 

During old days, people had to travel a long way on foot to get married or attend a wedding function, and this meal used to be a great starter pack for them to stay nourished and loose strength.

Makes sense right? 

The Menu: 

Oh C’mon, no, it’s not a cliche that Bengalis breathe for food. We as a community celebrate everything with food and types of delicacies included in a menu has its significance. 

Let’s take a look at some of the mouth water must have delicacies for Aiburobhaat menu.

Rice and its variants: 

Steamed Rice or Sada Bhaat is an essential of any Bengali Meal, however, various occasions calls for a twist in the rice and trust us it’s lips making. 

 

Basanti Pula-

A saffron flavoured, semi sweet rice, cooked in clarified butter using a sputter of sahi jeera, whole garam-masala and dry fruits is the perfect match for the famous  Bengali Kosha Mangsho (slow cooked meat in caramelised onion) the world goes Gaga for. 

 

Ghee Bhat- A Bengali Version of Fried Rice

A mix of veggies, dry fruits, peas and sometimes even shrimp or chicken cubes, Ghee-Bhaat is a soul soother in typical Bengali meals. This rice is often served with Katla Kalia (a semi gravy made of yogurt, poppyseeds and cashew paste), Mutton Kosha, Potol-er dorma( Pointed gourd stuffed with a prawns based filling), Bhetki Paturi ( Betki fish marinated in mustard and poppy seeds paste\, wrapped in banana leaf, know for its aroma and flavour)

It’s a Fishy Affair: 

No bengali wedding tradition is complete without fish, being a land surrounded by rivers and sea, this coastal part of the country is a Fish lover and considers Fish to be auspicious. Having a history of long famine and flood, having being able to serve rice and Fish signifies affluence and prosperity in a Bengali household. 

Serving the head of the fish along with other delicacies during the Aiburobhat is a ritual and hell yes, we like it. 

Payas aka Kheer

Another way of celebrating anything good is with a sweet. This dessert made with condensed milk, Gobindobhog rice and dry fruits is a must have for any occasion in Bengal and Bengali weddings.

A Mother’s Touch:

Well, life is incomplete without having your parents by your side, and when you are about to take the next bip leap in the life, having their support is eben more important. Would it be shocking if we told you that this elaborated meal comprising fries, condiments, fish, rice and all of it is prepared by the Mother of the groom and bride? 

Yes, a mother’s love and care served on a platter is what makes this tradition of the Aiburobhat even more special. 

 


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Aiburobhat— A Series of Feasts

The traditions of the Bengali Wedding date from the time when families used to live together and celebrate every moment together, in the 20th century however, the transitions made the necessary modifications to cater to everybody’s need. So did Aiburobhat, usually a day’s affair , now, a month-long celebration. Relatives staying far from the the bride and groom roll out special invitations to shower the soon to be hitched couple with love and gifts. 

This tradition is surely not for the faint hearted who are scared of putting on a few pounds before their big day, so keep the digestives handy if you are not a bengali and being married into one, it it going to be a yummylicious ride. 



Writer: Piya Chanda

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