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Toronto MEZBANI 2019

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Mezban a social festival of the Chittagong region. The host is called Mezban in Persian and Mezbani means hosting or arranging a feast for the guests. Mezbani is held on the occasions of death or death anniversary, birth or birth anniversary, own successes, launching of a new business, entry into a new house, birth of a sought after child in a family, marriage, akika and sunnate-khatna, ear-drilling of girls and naming of the newly born. The invitation of Mezban remains open for all. If a rich man arranges Mezbani in a village, various people to different villages and neighbourhoods convey the invitation for the feast. The invitation cards are printed and distributed among the guests only in urban areas.

Mezban is called Mejjan in the local dialect of chittagong. In the neighbouring Noakhali region of Chittagong, Mezbani is popular and widely known as zeafat. Besides, feasts are also arranged in different districts of Bangladesh on various occasions. But Mezbani is most popular and widely practiced in the Chittagong region and known throughout the country. Previously, the Mezbani invitation used to be publicised by beating drums or blowing tin-pipes, and the news reached the doorsteps of neighbourhoods through the mouths of people. People belonging to all ages used to come on the specified date to consume the Mezbani food. Even today, the affluent people of Chittagong convey the Mezbani invitation through various individuals as much as they can. It is a very ancient heritage of Chittagong.

Mezban and Mezbani are symbols of social prestige. In Chittagong, the rich and the poor arrange feasts on various occasions as much as circumstances allow them. Alongside white rice, three or four types of curries are served, eg beef, 'nawla kanji', and 'kaloi' or chick-pea pulse. It has a characteristic cooking style; for example, (a) spicy meat cooked with lot of red chillies; (b) less hot but sour and spicy broth made from tubular bone of cow, which is known as nawla kanji; (c) a kind of pulse which is cooked after peeling the skin of beans and then crushing them; it is called Bhuna dal; (d) food of slightly pungent taste made from chick-pea pulse, bone, fat and meat. Fish can also be cooked for Mezbani.

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