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Bengali New Year

(Bengali New Year is also known as Naba Barsha / Poila Baisakh)
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Bengali New Year is also known as Poila Baisakh by the Bengali community, which falls every year on the 14th of April according to the Gregorian calendar. As per the Bengali calendar, it takes place on the 1st day of the Baisakh month. It is said that Akbar the Great Mughal emperor was the one who first started the Nabo Barsha festival.

Traditions


Bengali New Year is that time of the year for Bengalis that is eagerly awaited as this day brings with it new expectations of luck, happiness and wealth. To welcome this day, people decorate their homes by drawing beautiful and colorful ‘Rangolis’ on the entrance of their house with softened rice known as ‘Alpana’ by Bengalis.

The centre of this drawing is adorned with a red clay pot ‘which is filled with holy water and mango leaves. This pot is a mark of luck and blessing by people. On this day, people worship Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi and pray for the well being of the families. A procession known as 'Prabhat Pheri' is held on this day, which takes place early morning to welcome the New Year.

Tourist Essential


On Bengali New Year fair known as Boishakhi, fairs are organized in various parts of West Bengal. Bangla Sangit Mela is the most famous fair that is held at Nandan-Rabindra Sadan ground and organized by the West Bengal Government.

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