It is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated on 14th April in Bangladesh, West Bengal state of India and by minor Bengali communities. The traditional greeting for Bengali New Year is ; “Shubhô Nôbobôrsho” which is, “Happy New Year”. Bangladesh is a nation of culture and festive where people wait restlessly to celebrate the day with their loved ones with a fresh and festive mood and the welcoming song called ‘Esho he Boishakh’. The celebrations start at the break of dawn. For breakfast people love eating ‘Panta Bhaat’ with green chili, onion and a very special ‘Elish Bhaja’ (Fried Hilsha). People wear traditional clothes such as ‘Pyjama-Panjabi’ and special red and white combination ‘Sharee’. An integral part of the festivities in Dhaka is the Mongol Shobhajatra, a traditional colourful procession organised by the students of the Faculty of Fine Arts (Charukala) of Dhaka University. Other traditional events held to celebrate Poila Boishakh include bull racing in Munshiganj, wrestling in Chittagong, boat racing, cockfights, pigeon racing. Traditional fairs ‘Boishakhi Mela’ are held in differents parts of the cities where handicrafts and traditional food are sold, with arrangements of songs, dance programs, traditional plays like jatra, jarigan, sarigan and puppet shows for children.

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