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Ghoti, also called Paschimbangiya or Pangiya, are a social group native to West Bengal
Bengal
(Paschimbanga), India. Their dialects, folk traditions (Lokachar) and cuisine are distinct from those of the Purbabangiyas or the natives of erstwhile eastern Bengal. The term came into greater use after many people from Bangladesh
Bangladesh
(then East Bengal
Bengal
and later East Pakistan) migrated to West Bengal
Bengal
during and after the Partition of Bengal
Bengal
in 1947. Initially there was a cultural and sociological clash between the native population and the refugees. Ghotis
Ghotis
are frequently distinguished by their Bangla accent and use of certain local dialects and figures of speech that Bangals in general would not use. Also, certain sweets, like Sponge Rosogolla (Rasgulla), Misti doi, Ledikeni, Langcha, Joynagarer moa, Ras malai, Pantua, JolBhora Talsash, Mihidana, Rasakadamba, Rajbhog, Gopalbhog are known to originate in Western Bengal. Amongst the Bengali Hindus
Bengali Hindus
of India, "Bangal" and "Ghoti" are used as social sub-groups indicating the ancestral origin of a family. Those whose families came from East Bengal
Bengal
are Bangals
Bangals
and those whose families originated in West Bengal
Bengal
are Ghotis. The term 'Bangal' as used here has little relation to actual geography, since most members of these groups all now live in India. The term is used freely and not considered derogatory within this social class. There are many differences found in the cultural events, food or sports where the Bangals
Bangals
love Hilsa and the Ghoti love Chingri/ Chingri malai curry
Chingri malai curry
(Prawns), Posto (Poppy seed), the Bangals celebrate Lakshmi puja
Lakshmi puja
in the fifth day after Durga Puja
Durga Puja
and the Ghoti perform Lakshmi puja
Lakshmi puja
(mostly in home only) on the Kali Puja day.[citation needed] See also[edit]

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Partition of India Partition of Bengal
Bengal
(1947)

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