Bengali New Year

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AKA NamePahela Baishakh, Nababarsha
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2021 DateApril 14, 2021
2022 DateApril 14, 2022
Bengali New Year

Bengali New Year History

Bengali New Year, also known as Pahela Baishakh, celebrates the first day of the Bengali calendar. It also celebrates the agricultural season. This day encourages spending time with family, visiting fairs, and cleaning one’s house in preparation for a new year.

Bengali New Year stems from the Bengali calendar which was used in the 16th century. It was used by the Mughal emperor Akbar to collect taxes. Today it is celebrated as a part of Bengali culture. It is celebrated annually on April 14th.

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Bengali New Year Facts

  • Customarily, the Bengali New Year marks the day to start new ledgers for Bengali businesses.
  • The Mangal Shobhajatra festival is celebrated on this day. It was started by students and teachers of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University in 1989 as a protest against the military rulers. The themes of evil, courage and strength, and peace are each represented by some of the masks or floats created for the festival. People come together regardless of race, beliefs or class.
  • "Shubho Nabobarsho" is "Happy new year" in Bengali.
  • An artist from Chhayanaut, an institution for Bengali culture, performs the song "Esho, he Boishakh, Esho Esho" ("Come, O Boishakh, Come, Come") under the banyan tree at Ramna Park. Large crowds gather for the occasion.

Bengali New Year Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear a traditional Bengali sari, such as the Dhakai Jamdani or the Casual Tangail.
  • Prepare a traditional Bengali dish. The Dimer Dhokkar Dalna and Luchi is made with steamed eggs and potato cake in curry with luchi.
  • Watch a good movie. One of the highest rated Bengali movies on imdb.com is The Clay Bird (2002).

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