Bengali New Year

Bengali new year is celebrated on 14 April according to the Bengali calendar which is also known as bangla calendar. This is calendar is a solar and sidereal calendar mainly used by the Bengali people. The Bengali new year is celebrated widely among Bengali people residing in countries all across the world. The Bengali calendar is used in the eastern Indian states of west Bengal, Assam, Tripura and in Bangladesh.

The Bengali new year is recognized by many other names including the most known pohela boishakh which is celebrated with great joy and zeal. The festival is an important holiday in the stat of west Bengal. Therefore, if you happen to be in west Bengal during the month of April, you would definitely find people wishing each other "shubo nabo barsho" which means ‘Happy new year'. This is one of the traditional ways of wishing happy new year to each other in Bengal.

Various other traditional ceremonies and events are organized among which the nabo barsha festival is celebrated since the time of Akbar, the mughal emperor. New year in Bengal and all across Bangladesh is celebrated with immense joy and happiness. Moreover, the tribal people residing in the hilly regions too involve themselves in the new year celebration because it is an occasion that comes once in a year and connects people with each other.

Irrespective of the caste, ethnicity and community, new year is celebrated with true spirits of enthusiasm and joy all across the world. There is a fresh meaning behind every new year whether it be a Sikh new year or a Bengali new year.

Bengali New Year Calendar

According to the Bengali new year calendar, new year in Bengal, Assam and the entire Bangladesh is celebrated on April 14. Offering prayers and devotion towards lord ganesha and goddess laxmi, Bengali people pray for the longevity of their loved ones and well being of their family members. In the states of west Bengal and Assam, new year is observed as a state holiday whereas in Bangladesh, it is a national holiday.

Numerous Bengali dishes are prepared for the dinner and planned get together with family and friends. People in Bengal prefer sitting back at their homes, enjoying the dinner prepared at home by their grandmothers or mothers on special events, chatting and enjoying the holiday time together with their loved ones. People in Bengal love to say at homes rather than moving out and partying at nightclubs and bars because they practice new year as a traditional occasion that marks the beginning of a new year.