Art and Culture of MuzaffarpurSince centuries Muzaffarpur has witnessed confluence of different cultures that has helped in making it a culturally vibrant place. Besides, meeting together of different culture has also helped in shaping identity of Muzaffarpur. Here culture of Hinduism, Islam and even culture of neighboring country Nepal have met and merged together to give rise to diverse and multi-cultural lifestyle. Below is complete detail about languages, festivals and other facets of Muzaffarpur’s art and culture that celebrates its diversity.
Festivals in Muzaffarpur
Only Festivals can best reflect rich culture of any place. This holds true even for Muzaffarpur. While festivals of majority Hindus holds immense importance, but festivals of Muslims are also celebrated with immense fervor here. Besides, festivals of other minority religions like Jainism and Buddhism are also celebrated by local communities here. But it is surely festivals of Hindus and Muslims that adorn Muzaffarpur’s cultural space. All their main festivals like Dilwali, Holi, Chhath Pooja, Janmashtami, Durga Puja, Eid and Muharram brings the best of Muzaffarpur’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Here Chhath Pooja surely needs special mention. Like in all other parts of Bihar and Northern India, Chhath Pooja is celebrated in Muzaffarpur with equal passion and dedication.
Languages Spoken in MuzaffarpurEven when it comes to languages Muzaffarpur is immensely multi faceted and rich. Because this is a place where many languages are spoken, which is again indicative of Muzaffarpur’s deep cultural ethos. Hindi, Urdu and even Bhojpuri languages have intermingled for centuries and continue to do so even to this day. But language that is closely associated with Muzaffarpur’s cultural identity is Vajjika. It is actually a dialect that had prospered during historical Vaishali Civilization and is widely spoken in many parts of Muzaffarpur even to this day.
Costumes of MuzaffarpurWhen it comes to costume then Muzaffarpur offers parallel world of traditionalism and modernity. While people in interior village and town still prefer to clad themselves in traditional dhoti & kurta, saree and salmar kameez, on other hand people in main city of Muzaffarpur have willingly moved on to western attires like shirts and trousers. In a way, contrasting attires found all across Muzaffarpur is another testimony of its multi cultural and diverse culture.
Folk Dance and MusicAlthough Muzaffarpur may not have its own unique folk dance and music, but love for dance and music does exists here as much as anywhere else in India. Devotional dance and music has in fact always shared a very deep bond with religious society of Muzaffarpur, which even today is celebrated enthusiastically at all important religious places and during important festivals.
Over all, culture and art of Muzaffarpur is deeply steeped in variety and diversity. Different festivals, languages, costumes and music have intermingled so beautifully at one place that today cultural diversity has become the very DNA of Muzaffarpur.
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