Poila Baishakh is also known popularly as the Bangla Noboborsho and it is the first day of the Bengali Calendar. Poila Boishakh is celebrated on April 14 or 15 as a national holiday in Bangladesh, while in the Indian states of Tripura, Barak Valley region of Assam, and West Bengal, by all those people of Bengali heritage, irrespective of their religious beliefs and faiths.
Poila Baishakh celebrations
The celebrations such as processions called Mangal Shobhajatra, fairs called Baishakhi Mela, exchanging gifts, music and dance along with visiting one’s friends and relatives are the best part of this festival.
Poila Baishakh is related to the South and Southeast Asian solar New Year. The festival date of this occasion is always set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of its first month Baishakh.
It falls on or about April 14 each year on the Gregorian calendar almost always.
Poila Baishakh greetings
The traditional greeting for the Bengali New Year is Shubho Noboborsho which means “Happy New Year” (Nobo meaning new and Borsho meaning year).
The popular festive Mangal Shobhajatra is organised in Bangladesh mostly. In the year of 2016, UNESCO announced this festival as a cultural heritage of humanity which was organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka then.
During the time of this festival, people visit their friends, families, neighbors, relatives and spend quality time together. Poila Baishakh is also renowned for uniting all friends and family.
Haal Khata: Introduction of the new ledger
Notably, Haal Khata is a festival which is celebrated on the auspicious occasion of Poila Baishakh and it is done in order to complete all the reckonings of the previous year while opening a completely new ledger. This is observed mostly by the Bengali traders, businessmen, and shopkeepers.
The Utkal Today Team wishes you and your loved ones sincerely, a very auspicious and blessed Poila Baishakh.
Food and Bengalis
For Bengalis, everything begins and ends with food. So, how can you think that the Bengali New Year will be celebrated without a mention of Bengali cuisine? The menu of Poila Baishak is as elaborate as a wedding in any Bengali household. You would hardly find a household in Bengal where the traditional dishes like chingri maacher malai curry, kosha mangsho, posto, chicken dakbungalow won’t be prepared apart from the regular bhaja fare. If you want a taste of authentic Bengali cuisine, then drop in at a Bong household on Poila Baishak.