The Bengali New Year -1420 Bangabda is round the corner! So, are you ready for 'Poila Baisakh'? It's the first day of the Bengali New Year (Bengali poila = first, Baisakh = the first Hindu month of the Bengali Calendar), and as such the new year's celebration is popularly known as 'Poila Baisakh.'
The Bengali community in Bangladesh, West Bengal and around the world usher in the New Year with cultural programs -- dance, drama and songs, especially, Rabindra Sangeet, i.e., Tagore's musical invocation Esho Hey Baisakh Esho Esho. People wear new clothes, exchange sweets and pleasantries, and the young touch the feet of the elders to seek their blessings for the coming year.
Read about the traditional Bengali ways of celebrating 'Naba Barsho' and don't forget to wish your Bengali friends "Shubho Naba Barsho!" (Happy New Year!) on the 15th of April, 2013. Read more...
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