India is the land of multitudinous festivals. Anyone would face difficulty in counting as list of festivals go on & on. West Bengal (India) and Southern Bangladesh witness many festivals in common. One of such common Hindu folk festival is "CHARAK" (a.k.a Nil Puja). This festival is celebrated every year in the month of April and a day before Bengali calender's new year (Poela Baisakh). In this festival, Lord Shiva is worshiped along with Goddess Kali in their multiple incarnations. People especially worship Lord Shiva to end their regular suffering & past year's sins and bring prosperity, good health and happiness to them. Devotees go from village to village in search of Bhiksa (alms) for celebrating the 3 days of CHARAK festival.
I work in a reputed Telecommunication Company as an Operations & Maintenance Engineer and currently posted in Behrampore, Murshidabad. As Murshidabad district of West Bengal is a close neighbor of Bangladesh, so I was lucky to experience such a rich-cultured folk festival full of thrills, dangerous acts by professionals, and allured celebration for 3 continuous days in.