The folk culture includes the folk ritual, folk dance and the dramatic performance of the daily life. Jhumur, Tarjagan, Manasa Vasan, Rayani, Austakgan, Banabibir Pala, Tusu, Patar bashi, Bhatiyali etc. are the customary folk culture in North 24 Parganas. Some of these are even famous nationwide. During the festivals, the folk dance and stage performance become inevitable. Moreover the folk Culture of 24 Parganas also provide livelihood to a section of rural folk.
Jhumur dance is mostly performed in open places (now-a-days in cultural gatherings also). The male members wear long traditional dresses and keep the rhythm with few traditional instruments: generally a drum, hung on shoulder; a flute and a pair of "Taal" (two metallic discs). The girls mostly perform the dancing part, holding each other's waist and moving hands and legs forward and backward synchronously.
Tarja is a form of folk poetry contest from Bengal with a long tradition. Historically it used to be performed in the village gathering around a chandimandap or altar for village god, mela and other social events, in streets, and marketplace religious festivals. The themes of the contest are usually taken from Ramayana, Mahabharata or Puranas the poets sings his/her part in the form of doggerels and the other participant has to guess the meaning of it. During the rising bhadralok population of the Bengal renaissance many of these clubs as well as jhumur clubs had been destroyed on the basis of its obscene content.