Kong Bengali Association (HKBA),
a very vibrant Bengali organization, was formed in Dec
1998, thanks to the vision, personal initiative and
determination of its founding members. Prior to this the
Bengali community in Hong Kong was rather loosely structured
with somewhat limited reach and access, although it did get
together on a handful of occasions each year. The desire to
cradle and nurture our rich culture even outside our homeland
provided the impetus for the formation of this Association.
As per its
constitution, the HKBA is a Hindu Association embracing Hindu
Bengalis of Indian or Bangladeshi origins. Currently its
membership consists of approximately 60–70 families. A nine
member executive committee, elected by the general body for a
term of one year at a time, runs the affairs of the
Association. Bankers, chartered accountants, doctors,
engineers (specially IT experts), marine officers and
businessmen constitute the greater part of the professional
profile of our community.
The main activities of the HKBA centre on the celebration of
the Hindu religious festivals that are of special importance
to Bengal. The Association also provides a socio-cultural
platform to the community which aids in fostering closer ties
between its members, enables us to tap the wealth of cultural
talent within the community, and also promote artistes from
back home by inviting them over, all of which help to make our
lives here richer, happier and more fulfilling
The religious functions are all held at the Hindu Temple in
Happy Valley of which our Association is a life-member.
Durga Puja, the most important of our festivals,
has been held every year since the formation of our
Association in 1999. We solemnize the Puja as per the dates
and times set by the Bengali almanac and arrange to have our
priest flown in from Kolkata for the occasion. Needless to
say, this festival holds the largest appeal amongst our
community with prasad, lunch and dinner being served at the
temple on all the three main days of the Puja. People of
other Indian communities also participate with great fervour.
Lakshmi Puja: a week after the conclusion of Durga
Saraswati Puja: during spring time, usually in the
month of February
Poila Baisakh (Bengali New Year celebration)
Bijoya Sammelani (gathering to celebrate the
festive period of
within a fortnight of
The above two
gatherings, which generally see the entire community turning
up in very colourful attire, are usually held at a club or
restaurant. Besides the all-important task of indulging in
culinary delights, we also stage a quality cultural programme
– music, dance, theatre, etc, both by local performers and
artistes from India.
Annual Picnic: usually in late December or January,
an opportunity for members to embark on a day’s outdoor
venture including cooking, sports, card games, antakshri, etc.
Supporting charity work in India: we have
enthusiastically responded to appeals arising due to natural
calamities and other disasters back home (Orissa cyclone,
Gujarat earthquake relief, Tsunami etc), as also helping specific
organizations on a regular basis.
We welcome all
of you to our "home" page.
This is especially useful for new
Bengalis coming in to Hong Kong. Also, it enables other
interested organizations round the world to liase with us on a
variety of issues.
If you have any
suggestion regarding improvement or otherwise please mail us.