Bengali New Year: Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calendar and is celebrated in West Bengal, Bangladesh and amongst the Bengali communities in the other states of India. Bengalis welcome the first day of the year by being part of the ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (processions) early in the morning.

Then beautiful rangolis are drawn at the entrance of  their homes and a red pot containing holy water and mango leaves with a white ‘Swastika’ is placed at the centre of  the rangoli. Later in the day, people exchange sweets with family and friends. Ladies dress in a traditional saree and adorn their hair with flowers, while men wear dhoti kurta.

Amongst the many cultural activities carried out on this day, the biggest fair is organized by the Government of West Bengal and is known as the Bangla Sangit Mela.

May you find your life partner this New Year! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Quick Facts» Pohela Boishakh marks the beginning of all business activities in Bengal
» Celebrations of Pohela Boishakh started during Akbar’s reign
» Pohela Boishakh is also considered an auspicious time for marriages

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