Yesterday was a Happy day in Bengal. Yesterday was the traditional festival of Bengal, jamaidhashthi. This day can be said to be the day of sons-in-law. On this day every married boy goes to the house of father-in-law and he is invited there with a grand arrangement.
The ” Shashthi” of the jamaidhashthi is the goddess of Bengal. According to Hinduism shashthi is the goddess of protection of animals, childrens and boys. The shashthi worship is performed many times in a year. Every mother of Bengal fasts on this day. Then the mother puts the tip of shashthi yoghurt on her son’s forehead. If it is given it is thought that it will benefit the boys.
According to Bengal tradition son-in-law is considered as a son. So this day is celebrated for his good wishes and for the good wishes of our daughter’s family. This time scenes different types of fruits are available like mango, Jackfruit, litchi etc. So at this time the son-in-law can be blessed with good food and care. Therefore this time has been considered as the best time for Jamaishashthi since time immemorial.
This days people travel more on the streets, many crowd can be noticed on the train, bus, auto, sweet shop. The crowd at the clothing store started a few days ago. At this time the shops of Bengal are very profitable.
After going to the father-in-laws house his mother-in-law first bless him with paddy, grass, yogurt worshipped by goddess shashthi. With this conch is played and lamp is lit. The son-in-law then give some presents to his mother-in-law. Front the very beginning it is customary to give a shree to his mother-in-law. After the blessing the son-in-law was given to eat chire with curd, many sweets, many fruits its contains mango, banana, litchi etc. Then at noon there is a great feast. Then the son-in-law is given to eat fish, meat, yoghurt, different kinds of sweets, different kinds of grilled, vegetables etc.
Earlier in the day, the mother-in-law was seen fanning her son-in-law with a fan made of palm leaves. But now that science has advanced this phenomenon is no longer seen with the help of electric fans and AC.
Although this time the jamaishashthi is a little different. This is due to covid-19 and lockdown. The government has given permission to open Shops, but has kept transportation system a bit stuck. People can not go to the auto without a very emergency. And the train- bus is only open to government and private employees for wark and can not be used for any other reason. So those who have to go to their father-in-law’s house by train or bus may not have been jamaishashthi.