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Jaggery Vendor : This is the image of a jaggery vendor at a local market in the North Bihar province of Muzaffarpur.I liked his posture as he was dressed in the traditional Dhoti-kurta,which is falling out of fashion in modern India.Even till the seventies of the last century,Dhoti-kurta used to be worn by the majority of Indians in North Indian Villages,but the modern day India is more comfortable in western outfits like pant-shirts.

Some tidbits about Jaggery :

Jaggery is a traditional uncentrifuged sugar consumed in India mostly. It is a concentrated product of date, cane juice, or palm sap without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. Jaggery is mixed with other ingredients, such as peanuts, condensed milk, coconut, and white sugar, to produce several locally marketed and consumed delicacies.All over India, jaggery has religious significance to Hindus. Many of the festivals involve the offering of jaggery to deities during worship. Jaggery is considered auspicious in many parts of India and is eaten raw before the commencement of good work or any important new venture, or after good news is shared by family and friends

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