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Read with Sara Elfchen by PratithiA very happy Bengali new year! 12 year old Pratithi Das, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a lovely essay on the significance of the day and the grand manner in which Bengalis celebrate festivals.
Pratithi goes to Sushila Birla Girls’ High School and is a student of Word Munchers.
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Bengalis often utter a proverb called “Baro mashe, tero parbon.” The word ‘parbon’ means festivals and ‘mash’ means months in Bengali. The proverb simply means that there are more Bengali festivals than there are months to fit them in.

It is quite funny that even though there is a shortage of room for certain festivals yet the Bengalis celebrate every festival with equal grandeur.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis and Durga Pujo have become quite synonymous but then Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year is a festival which is no less than Durga Pujo. Bengalis are all smiles during this time. It’s the season of joy, laughter, happiness and most importantly togetherness in Bengal.

 

During this time, all Bengalis return to their hometown irrespective of the place they are settled in. They do all of it just to start the year with their near and dear ones around.

 

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis are born foodies and thus, every festival of Bengalis have a connection with food.

Lakshmi and Ganesh are considered as gods of wealth and luck. Due to this reason, they are worshipped by the Bengalis during the beginning of the new year.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Poila Boishakh or 1st Boisakh marks the beginning of the economic year for all Bengali business men and women. Thus, on this priests perform a Lakshmi and Ganesh puja and then a ‘swastik’ sign is drawn using vermillion by the priests on a new notebook. An impression of a one rupee coin is also made on the notebook. This tradition is called ‘Hal Khata’. The one rupee coin is considered to be lucky and prosperous for the business community for the year ahead.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

The new year is also often welcomed by singing Bengali songs such as ‘Esho Hey Boisakh’ in many institutions and gatherings.

 

All Bengalis greet each other by saying Shubho Naboborsho and everyone wears new attires during this happy time. It will be the 1428th Bengali year this Poila Boisakh . May the new year bring prosperity, happiness and good luck to everyone’s household.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

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Pratithi Das, 12, Kolkata

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