Bengali New Year Celebration



During mid-April, either on the 14th or the 15th of April, you shall be able to hear people wishing each other 'Shubo Nabo Barsho' (greetings for a happy new year). The Bengali month when Bengali New Year is celebrated is the month of Baisakh (being the first month of Bengali New Year). Tracing back the history of Bengali New Year, we shall be able to find that the festival of Nabo Barsha was initiated by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar.This New Year festival is celebrated with a great deal of passion and energy, that too not only in Bengal but also outside.

Bengali New Year traditions

  • Take a good night's sleep before your D-day so that you start the next day afresh.

  • Roughly all Bengalis eagerly wait for this festival as during this time they decorate their houses with fresh flowers and draw rangolis at the main entrance.

  • Rangolis are otherwise known as 'Alpana' and is made out of colored rice. An earthen pot bearing the symbol of Swastika is kept in the middle of rangoli. It is believed to bring in wealth and symbolizes a prosperous New Year.

Bengali New Year Celebration
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Nabo Barsha Celebrations

  • Take a good night's sleep before your D-day so that you start the next day afresh.

  • There are early morning processions which are known as Prabhat Pheries, where they go to a nearby river to take a holy dip. The concept behind this tradition is that they wash away all the sins.

  • Nabo Barsha Celebrations
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  • After this process being followed, the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped with the aim to pray for the well-being and longevity of all the family members.

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  • There is another tradition of the New Year whereby all the loans and old dues should be settled off with the third parties. Also on this auspicious day, there is a norm among Bengali businessmen to purchase new accounts books and they take all the new initiative to prepare new accounts known as Haalkhata.

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  • At some of the places, people arrange for dance and singing shows. Kids also recite Bengali poems but among all that preparation, eating traditional Bengali food is the prime focus.

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