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…