Boishakh knocking at door


Joirea Rimu

In spite of all rush and hustles of life, everyone is taking preparation to celebrate the Bengali new year 1425

Pohela Boishakh is the first day of Bengali New Year in Calendar and it is the most popular in Bengali festival. It is also a most popular cultural festival in Bangladesh. The day is celebrated all over the country like Bangladesh, West Bengal and all over the world where Bengali people live.

Bengali New Year is also known as “Nobo Borsho”. From the times of Mughol Emperor Jalal uddin Mohammad Akbar the tradition of celebrating Pohela Boishakh was started on 10th March, 1985. The Bengali term ‘Pohela’ means 1st day and ‘Boishakh’ means 1st month of Bengali year.

Preparations for Pohela Boisakh start right from the final year of the Bengali calendar, Chaitra. Meanwhile, families start cleaning and painting their homes to prepare for the New Year’s celebrations. The day now celebrate all over the world where the Bengali people live with joys, feelings and hope. On that day people wake up early morning and dressed with new cloths.

Fashion is one of the important medium to embrace Bangla New Year with color and emotions. Men wear Kurta, Lungi, Dhuti, Panjabi etc. and women wear White Shari with red border with different kind art. Women also make them attractive by adorn themselves with different colors Churi, Flowers, Tip, Mala etc.

People gather under the ‘Romna Botomul’ in Dhaka at early morning on that day. Chhayanaut artist opens the day by singing the famous song of Rabindranath Tagore ‘Eso He Boishakh, Eso Eso…’ Institute of Fine arts also held attractive program to welcome the New Bengali Year in the Dhaka University area.

Halkhata is a common tradition in some parts of the Bengali community during Pohela Boisakh. It basically involves opening new accounts, since the New Year is considered an auspicious time to start new ventures and clear old debts and loans.

Boishaki Mela is a fair which is held regularly every year in the month of Boishakh, the first Bengali month. Boishaki Mela bears an image of the rural Bangladesh. It beautifully reflects the true rural picture of our country.

In a Boishaki Mela, stalls of various things and articles of daily necessity are set up. In these stalls potteries and traditional handicrafts, bamboo flutes.etc Are mostly available. Different artist, dancer and singer show dance, play drama, sing traditional song such as Jari, Sari, Vatiyali, Lalon etc.

People of all ages go to Boishaki Mela to buy things and enjoy it. Especially boys and girls go there with their elders and enjoy much. Boishaki Mela is held at different places of the rural areas throughout the month of Boishakh.

Nowadays Boishaki Mela is also noticeable in towns and cities. However, it establishes a relationship between the village life and city life. It is a source of joy and mental recreation.

Newspaper and magazine bring out special supplement on this day and Television and Radio channel broadcast special program to celebrate this day.