Pahela Baishakh – The first day of the Bengali calendar

The first day of Bangla year is called Pahela Baishakh. Although Poila Baisakh is very much a part of the Hindu calendar, ‘Naba Barsho’ is a national festival for the Islamic State of Bangladesh, and a distinctly greater exuberance marks the festivities in this part of Bengal. While it’s Poila Boishakh in West Bengal, it’s ‘Pahela Baisakh’ in Bangladesh.The day is celebrated all over the country. But the main attraction of the day is at Ramna Batamul in Dhaka. On this day, rural people prepare special foods. They also arrange fairs at important places. On this day, shopkeepers decorate their shops and open “halkhata” and offer sweetest o their customers and clients. Urban people celebrate the day with much delight and interest. They eat Panta Bhat and hislha fish in the morning. They wear special clothes. Young boys wear Panjabis and Pajamas, and your girls put on yellow Sarees. The students of the Institute of Fien Arts of Dhaka University bring out colorful procession on Pahela Baishakh. Different organization such as Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanat etc organize cultural function in their respective premises. Actually Pahelea Baishakh is a day of great joy and significance. It reminds Bangla culture and tradition.

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