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Maithili ‘paag’ finds place in Macmillan Dictionary

Paag, a traditional turban worn by the people of Bihar’s Mithilanchal region, now features in the popular Macmillan Dictionary.

Published: 26th December 2019 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2019 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

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PATNA: Paag, a traditional turban worn by the people of Bihar’s Mithilanchal region, now features in the popular Macmillan Dictionary. The traditional headgear is generally worn during festivities in Mithila region and also in some areas of Nepal.

Incidentally, Maithili, which has around 13.5 million speakers in Bihar, Jharkhand and parts of Nepal, is one of the 22 official languages in India.The campaign to include the word ‘Paag’ in English dictionary was started by Bihar born writer-cum-social entrepreneur Birbal Jha, who launched a nationwide campaign in 2016 under the banner of the Mithila Lok Foundation.

“It is yet another feather in the cap of the community living in the region or elsewhere. Remarkably, the Paag, which dates back to prehistoric time when it was made of leaves, is a token of honour and respect and a significant part of Mithila culture,” Jha said.

He said that entry of Paag in the dictionary carries a lot of linguistic values to  Mithila region, in particular, and Bihar, in general.

When the campaign gained momentum, the Central government came forward and issued a postal stamp on Mithila Paag in 2017 in recognition of its value and public sentiments. The drive opened the door for the government to acknowledge the pre-historic headdress and also awakened the masses to the need for cultural movement and safeguard ing the age-old tradition of wearing Paag, Jha said.

“I have already written a letter to Oxford Dictionary and Collins, requesting them to include the word Paag with its meaning and usage. I am confident it will happen soon.”

For now, Macmillan Dictionary explains Paag as “a kind of headgear worn by people in the Mithila belt of India.”



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