One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘The burra din, or festivals, are often celebrated by a religious service, by feasting and, ashore, by the purchase of raiment and the donating of gifts.’
- ‘It isn't a surprise that old timers still call Christmas burra din in India.’
- ‘1880. - ‘This being the Burra Din, or great day, the fact of an animal being shot was interpreted by the men as a favourable augury. ‘- Ball, Jungle Life, 279.’’
From Hindi baṛā ‘great’ and din ‘day’.
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