Our Events Calendar for 2019
Basant Panchami is celebrated in honour of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning who bequeaths the greatest wealth to humanity, the wealth of knowledge. Mother Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma, the creator. We will celebrate Saraswati Puja on 10th FEB 2019 at NZ Athia Trust Hall at Onehunga, 37-39 Selwyn St, Auckland.
It is not just the first day of the year according to the Bengali calendar, but it is an emotion. Perhaps a day of craziness for Bongs. The ‘amej’ what you call as the mood starts setting with the onset of ‘Chaitra’ – the last month of Bengali calendar. This is the day when you can actually see a true Bengali with all those traditional ‘punjabi’, and ‘athpoure saree’. We will celebrate this day on 13th APR 2019, Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland-1022
Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting for Probasee members 26 MAY 2019 - Venue Sandringham Community Hall, 18-20 Kitchener Rd, Sandringham, Auckland
Rabindra Nazrul Sukanto Sandhya
Literature is an integral part of the culture of a nation; it has an indomitable power to rediscover the hidden self of its people which Bangla literature had impact on the people. It also enjoys a strong position in the global arena because of so many wonderful writings by Rabindranath Tagore, first Asian to win a Nobel prize (for literature), and Kazi Nazrul Islam, a rebel poet who was honoured as the national poet of Bangladesh. This year we pay tributes to Kobi Sukanto as well, for his literary contributions at the yourng age. These three icons of Bengali literature were always in favour of the betterment of humankind. We celebate their birthdays jointly as our annual cultural showcase on 08th JUN 2019, Spotlight Theatre Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
The history of Bengali theatre goes back to the days even before the country had achieved its independence from British rule. Probasee had fair share of classics from past and outstanding plays being staged.17th AUG 2019 - Venue TBC.
"Anandomela" is believed to be the first ritual of Durga Puja. It is usually a food festival aimed at bringing the best of home chefs with delicious and mouth-watering delicacies. This time Probasee is again hosting "Anandomela" on the occasion of the Durga Puja 2019. This year it will be celebrated on 7th Sep 2019; Venue - TBC
On all Gods request to save them from evil forces, the Holy Trinity of Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva let out the energy from Their bodies to create a new entity. All the gods chipped in with Their power and finally, Goddess Durga was formed. Durga Puja, is the most important festival of Bengal, India. It is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation, and a celebration of victory of good over evil. This year it will be celebrated on 4th - 6th OCT 2019 Venue TBC For further details keep watching this space.
Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped just after Durga Puja. This Puja is called the Kojagori Lakshmi Puja. The word “kojagori’ is said to mean ‘the night of awakening’ and is derived from the question ‘Ko Jagorti?” meaning “who is awake?”. Thus to respond in the affirmative so as to be bestowed with Her Blessings, many stay awake on this night. We will celebrate Kojagori Lakshmi Puja on OCT 2019 Venue - TBC.
Traditionally, this was the time when Bengalees visited friends and relatives’ houses and exchanged ‘Shubho Bijoya’ greetings. The younger generation touched feet of the elders to seek blessings, and men did a ‘kolakuli’ (hug). We at Probasee will have our get-together as Bijoya Sommeloni on OCT 2019. Venue - TBC