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Jamalpur is a town in the Munger district of Bihar. It is also a municipality in this district. Jamalpur is best known for its large railway workshop in the Eastern Railway Zone of India which employees more than 25,000 people at one time. This particular city was established during the British Raj. At that time, the cultural hub of this city was the Railway Institute. Jamalpur is such a place that it not only has rich culture heritage but also follows it even till today. Now let us have a look at the various cultural traits of Jamalpur.
Caste and Language in Jamalpur
In Jamalpur, we find a mixture of different types of castes. Taking about this diversity in caste, culture and festivals in Jamalpur, we can say that this city presents a mixture of the cultural traits. With a lot of growth and development taking place in the city, the line dividing the different castes is growing fainter.The language in Jamalpur is an integral part of its culture. Magahi, Hindi, Kberwari are some of the languages spoken in and around Jamalpur.
Cuisines of Jamalpur
Traditional thali of Jamalpur consists of chapati, pulses, rice and fried spicy vegetables. The most favorite dish among the people in Jamalpur is litti-chokha. Litti which is made up of sattu and choka which is made up of smashed pottato, tomatto, and brinjal together makes litti-choka, a very popular dish. Another common dish found in Jamalpur is Khichdi which is a broth of rice and lentils, constitutes the mid-day meal for most locals in Jamalpur especially on Saturdays. The traditional cooking medium used here is mustard oil .There is also a wide range of sweet delicacies found in Jamalpur. These include Anarasa, Thekua Belgrami, Peda,Chena Murki, , Kala Jamun, Kesaria Khaja, Khurma, Khubi ka Lai, Laktho, Motichoor ka Ladoo ,Parwal ka Mithai, Pua & Mal Pua, , Murabba and Tilkut. Many of these delicacies originate in towns in the vicinity of the city of Patna which is the state capital of Bihar. Read More....
Art and Craft in Jamalpur
Jamalpur has a rich heritage of handicrafts like wooden stools, hand-painted wall hangings, miniatures in paper and leaves, bamboo, leather goods, stone pottery and applique work. Madhubani Paintings of Darbhangs is very pupular in this region of Bihar. These works of art often are used in city homes as decorative pieces in many households and sometimes are also exported.
Folk Songs and Dances of Jamalpur
Jamalpur has a very rich and old tradition of ingenious folk songs which are mainly sung during important occasions, such as festivals, marriage, birth ceremonies, etc. They are sung mainly in groups too much use of musical instruments. 'Phagua', is one of the popular folk song dung by the ladies in Jamlpur. Sometimes dholak, tabla and occasionally bansuri and harmonium are used to bring life to this folk song. Over the years various types of traditional dance forms have evolved in and around the region of Jamalpur. Most of the folk dances are religious in nature. In theses dances, gods and goddesses are invoked through the dance which is performed to the rhythm of folk songs and music. Bidesia, Kajari, Jhijhian dance, Launda nauch are very much enjoyed in Jamalpur.
Fairs and Festivals in Jamalpur
Fairs and festivals are an integral part of the culture and history of Jamalpur. The city is melting pot of different religions. Be it Hindus, or Muslims, Sikhs, Christans or Jains all celebrate their festival with fervor and geity in Katihar. People in Jamalpur
celebrate traditional and religious fairs and festivals with great
enthusiasm. These festivals and fairs are showcase of culture and
lifestyle of the people of Jamalpur. Nag Panchmi,
Makar Sankranti, Deepawali, Dussehra, Chhath, Holi are important festivals celebrated n Katuhar. Eid, Bakrid are also celebrated in many areas of Katihar.