What is Poila Baisakh?
Poila (First) Baisakh (Month) is a New Year celebration program by Bengalis all around the world. This is the First day in the Bengali Calendar. This is celebrated in the month of Baisakh (April/May). Poila Baisakh date is 15th April this year and the Bengali calendar year is 1418. It is also celibrated in the other part of the world like Bangladesh, Assam, Tripura, and other foreign countries Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Sweden, etc.
Celebration of Poila Baisakh at West Bengal
Bengalis worshiped Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha, in this festival day. You can find fantastic Alpanas (Rangoli) in Bengali houses with a Kalash in centre of it. This puja is specially for prosperity and wealth. Businessman and traders close old account for previous year and open new account for their business. All shops in this occasion decorated with flowers. Sweets and snacks are distributed by the traders for their customers this time. Cultural programs are also organized in Bengal in the occasion of Poila Baisakh. The Stock clearance sale in this time is known as 'Chitra Sale' in Bengal.
New Yrea in other states on Poila Baisakh
We also share our New Year with some other calendars in the country like Tamil New Year (Varusha Pirappu or Puthandu), Bohag Bihu (Assamese New Year), Astrological Malayalam New Year (Vishu), Nepali New Year (Navavarsha), etc.
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