POILA BAISAKH IN BENGAL

This is the Bengali New Year day, as the word ‘Poila’ means first and ‘Baisakh’ refers to the first month in the Bengali calendar. So, it is the first day in the month of Baisakh or April, and according the English calendar, it is exactly the mid of April, ie: 14th or 15th day of the month. This is a special day for all Bengalis residing in the state of West Bengal, across India and all over the world. This particular day is celebrated with immense passion, festive fervor and fun, that is clearly evident from the traditional attires, local cuisine, regional or folk music and acts or dramas that fills the ambiance with joy and happiness. It is the celebration of New Year or Noboborsho, both in the cities and in the villages, where everyone is in their new attires, especially the children and women folk. Sweet dishes are prepared at home, bought from the local sweet shops and the lunch is heavy, with almost everything that is available in the mouth watering Bengali platter, right from vegetables to fish. The young girls and women wear traditional sarees to look much more authentic, and it is a locally made Tant saree,which is produced from pure cotton, that is preferred by a majority of women.

 

Attires, Food and Music

This day is special for every Bengali, as it is a holiday here in Bengal, and the local shops and supermarkets are filled to the brim with the best of sweets, food items and clothing. Almost all traditional Bengali families shop for new clothing, at least a week ahead. It is an Indian saree in bright colors and beautiful prints, that is the first choice among all Bengali women for celebrating this auspicious day. Pujas are performed at home and offering are made to the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The attires that the women wear on this day, tells a beautiful story,and the entire spectacle is very soothing to the eyes. The minimal thread work, classic design and conventional prints on the locally produced cotton sarees, are something to watch out. Bright colors like orange, red, yellow and pink are to be seen everywhere,and it is the Bengali women that play the lead role in performing pujas at home, and also look into the affairs of the kitchen, making sweet dishes and local delicacies. The air is filled with festivity and fun, and it is a relaxing day with families and children, which is something that every Bengali craves for.

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