Rohu with Sindoor (Bengali Wedding present)

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Rohu with Sindoor (Bengali Wedding present)

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1 Shawn Bose = "About the photographer Sephi Bergerson:"With family hailing originally from Poland, Sephi has traveled the world and has lived in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York City, San Francisco, Paris, New Delhi and Goa. This international experience, coupled with the creative influence of his time as a commercial photographer, and his years in India, helped him develop a distinctive photographic language.Sephi’s work has been featured in books and publications worldwide and has won international acclaim. His most inspiring photo projects address cultural and humanitarian issues, from polio and HIV to rural development and education." "
2 Shawn Bose = "I loved discovering this photo by Sephi Bergerson, part of his work on wedding traditions across India.  The fish is given between families as Bengal is dependent on the Bay of Bengal and fish represents life, fertility, and prosperity. I will never forget when my uncle was assigned to help my mother-in-law, who as an Episcopalian from Connecticut was completely unfamiliar with this tradition, procure and decorate the fish for our ceremonies.  We all had a wonderful time discovering and sharing this tradition together, and it will always be one of the lasting memories from our wedding."
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Hindu Bengali Rituals"
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5 Enakshi Ganguly = ""If everyone can dress up for the wedding, why not the poor fish? Fishes are a really important part of the ceremony and a whole fish dressed up as a bride is sent by both the groom's and bride's families to each other. It is considered scared. Then that fish is pieced up and eaten and the bigger & sweeter the fish the more praises the family who sent it gets! And no bit of that fish is wasted, the head and the bones are used to cook a mixed veggie dish called the chachhra, the pieces are both eaten fried mach bhaja and in a mustard  curry..... The plate kind of thing she is holding is kulo, a bamboo tray of sorts traditionally used to sort out rice grain and remove the impurities from rice, before it is cooked. It has various items, the foodie bits are seven bananas, seven betel nuts. There is some significance to the odd numbers...The wedding is a mix of religious and folklores or what we called in Bengali lokachar. Lokachar are basically community practices having their roots in agrarian societies. I guess for urban Bengalis these customs are a way of being in touch with their long lost agrarian roots."Source:"