Anwara (Satkhira, Bangladesh)

Where I came from

Anwara came from Parghumte in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. The region extends along the southern border of the Bangladeshi districts of Khulna and Satkhira. North 24 Parganas is West Bengal's poorest and most crowded district.

The area is famous for holding a huge fair each year to celebrate the goddess Bonbibi and it is believed that the land south of Parghumte was the forest and that it took eighteen tides to reach all the way to the sea through the creeks and canals of the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans. So, this area is also called 'the land of the eighteen tides'. Each year, during the festival for the goddess Durga and during Eid, people from both sides of the border celebrate together by rowing their boats to the middle of the river and remembering their common customs, language and festivals.

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