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West Bengal celebrates ‘Rosogolla Dibas

West Bengal celebrates ‘Rosogolla Dibas'

West Bengal (WB) celebrated the ‘Rosogolla Dibas’ or Rasgulla Day on 14th November 2019. This day is to mark the granting of Geographical Indication tag of ‘Banglar Rosogolla’ or Bengal’s Rasgulla to the state on 14th November two years ago, i.e.,14 November 2017.

Key Points:

  • On this day the statue of Nobin Chandra Das the inventor of the Bengal variant of the sweetmeat was garlanded across the state.
  • For the first time in the history of West Bengal’s sweetmeat industry, almost all the sweet shops in state are dedicated this day to Rosogolla.
  • At the state government’s ‘Misti Hub’ in the northeastern fringes of Kolkata city, new varieties of Rosogollas have been displayed at outlets of popular sweetmeat brands. The hub is run by West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO).

Facts:

After years of struggle, West Bengal and Odisha were involved in a tug-of-war to stake a claim to the origin of the sweetmeat. 

Thereby, while West Bengal was granted GI tag for ‘Banglar Rosogulla’ or the Bengal variant of the sweetmeat in 2017, Odisha got the GI tag for ‘Odisha Rasagola’ or the Odisha variant earlier in 2019.

About GI tag:

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign that is used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.

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