bou bhat

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From Bengali বউ ভাত (bôu bhat).


bou bhat (uncountable)

  1. A Bengali ritual feast traditionally held after a wedding, where the groom's family for the first time taste rice cooked by the new bride.
    • 2009, Rochona Majumdar, Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal, page 101:
      The three-day festivities closed with bou-bhat, when the bride served rice to the male elders of her husband's family.
    • 2011, Deepika Phukan, translating Arupa Patangia Kalita, The Story of Felanee:
      The next day, after the wedding, when his relatives and guests saw Jutimala dressed in an inky blue Benarsi sari, her forehead painted with sandalwood stars at the bou bhat ceremony, they were stunned by her beauty and understood why Khitish had fallen head over heels in love with her!