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পহেলা বৈশাখ, The 1st day of Bengali Calender

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14 April (১ বৈশাখ or পহেলা বৈশাখ). This is where the Bengali Year Starts., the 1st day of Bengali calender. On this day the whole Bangladesh gets a festive look. It is National holiday in Bangladesh. If we go deep into its origin we will find it as a rural festival which is very immensely celebrated in the cities, specially in Dhaka. Some fairs named বৈশাখী মেলা (Boishakhi Mela) are held in different parts of the country. The more you gaze the more color you will find on this day. Special arts, paintings are done by the artists which gives the environment a gala look. Even the roads are painted with evergreen rural patterns. We are also entertained by singers with বৈশাখী গান (Boishakhi Songs). Special dance ceremony is presented openly for all. Men usually wear Panjabi and Paijama while women wear Sharee. The dresses chiefly contain white and red. People use to gather, meet their near and dear ones. Special foods are also provided. It is a tradition to start the day with পান্তা ভাত (Panta Vaat). On this very day, this dish becomes the most popular and tasteful throughout the country. Joyful processions are made out for cheering up the coming year. There is a tradition named হালখাতা ("Halkhata" which is "New book of accounts") which is opened on this day clearing out the older one. Songs, dances, processions, eating special meals, gossiping, color, celebration etc all these things together make this day so jovial. These joyride continues from dawn to dusk. This day, indeed freshens up the Bengali souls and gives them a new hope of a better next year.


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