That Painted Soul
Among the many folk festivals of Bengal, Gajan festival, Charak Puja and Neel Puja has a special place even in today's modern age. Although it is celebrated predominantly in rural Bengal, the festival is still in some pockets of the Mereo city of Kolkata.
Gajan is actually linked to persons who are related to agricultural community, directly or indirectly. They pray for the rains and better harvest. Lord Shiva is said to be closely related to this community. It may be worth nothing here that Dharmathakur is actually considered to be the God of fertility.
During Charak people dress up as Cosmetic Shiva, Parvati, Krishna and other deities. Usually Rajbangshi caste of persons are allowed to do such acts. They are locally known as 'Soung of Gajan' (Soung in Bengali means jester)..