BANC’s goal is to organize cultural, educational and community building programs and events that provide enrichment and immersion opportunities for our members and guests.
BANC’s educational programs, outreach initiatives and collaborations with other community organizations include theatrical performances, Durga and Saraswati pujas, an annual picnic, performance artists, workshops and community service.
Our year starts with the celebration of Saraswati puja and impending spring. The festival is celebrated in India every year on the fifth day of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Magha (usually in the month of January/February), on the day called ‘Basant Panchami’. Vasant Panchami is the advent of spring and its colors, fledging life and hope. Ma Saraswati is the Goddess of Learning, particularly of poetry and music, learning and science in Hindu Mythology and we begin our year by seeking her blessings and paying homage to the power of learning and knowledge.
A hallmark of this celebration are the performances by the children of our community. An annual performance by our very own Bangla school (Robibar) students, multiple music and dance performances both entertain and educate the community about our culture and heritage. We also have hathe-khodi for the little ones as they take their first steps into reading and writing.
Learn more about BANC’s celebration of spring, knowledge, hope and life at Saraswati Puja.
Rabindra Nazrul Jayanti
One of BANC’s signature events is our celebration of the poetry, musings, music, patriotism and writings of two literary giants of Bengal – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) and Kazi Nazrul Islam (24 May 1899 – 29 August 1976).
Our community pays homage to their vision for equality, dignity and social justice in the world and its people.
Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti is organized annually in late May or early June (aligning with the birth anniversary of Gurudev on 25th Baishakh and Kazi Islam on 11th Jaystha) and is free and open to all members of BANC.
Learn more about BANC’s celebration of Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti.
Each summer ends with our annual member picnic. For the last few years, our destination has been the pristine and beautiful Jordan Lake. Part of the North Carolina state park system, almost 14,000 acres of water and nine recreation areas on the lake — Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker’s Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area – fun is ensured!
We rent one of the shelters for a day, organize a cookout and potluck lunch and offer a bevy of games for our children, youth and adults. Members can relax, socialize and eat some fabulous food!
Sign up for the potluck, get ready to win some prizes and learn more about BANC’s Annual Picnic.
The six day festival (Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha-Saptami, Maha-Ashtami, Maha-Nabami and Vijayadashami) which has significant religious, cultural and social elements celebrates Goddess Durga’s journey of victory over the evil demon Mahisasura. The story goes like this, the goddess is a synthesis of all Divine powers who is created to combat evil. She is given an impressive array of weapons that she holds in her ten hands and rides a lion into the battlefield. The goddess represents the power, grace and beauty of the feminine. The worship of Goddess Durga spans the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha and Tripura. The festival is also celebrated in Bangladesh, Nepal and by bengali communities all over the world…
The sounds of “dhaak” and conches, the smell of incense and khichuri and the sight of Ma Durga’s glorious ensemble has been part of the Triangle Bengali community since its inception. Condensing the six-day long annual festival into 3 day is no mean feat but don’t underestimate the enthusiasm and devotion of the Probasi bengali!
We create an authentic puja experience for our Triangle community, learn more about BANC’s celebration of Durga Puja.