“Shuvo Nobo Borsho” Happy Bangla New Year
Today is the first day of the Bengali New Year. Traditionally it’s the time we do away with the old and bring in the new. So even Google’s doodle is participating 🙂
The festivity starts with street arts drawn all over the place the previous night by a multitude of people who turn out of nowhere and disappear just as fast 🙂
And the day itself is full of cultural activities, parades, impromptu concerts, fairs, food, fun, family and friends. In a city of about 16 million people that is a LOT of people who dress up traditionally in red and white and head out towards the university area to celebrate in open air. It traditionally starts off with a concert under a banyan tree in what used to be a ‘race course’ during the British era.
Then comes the parade or “Mongol shovajatra” that starts off from the Art College of Dhaka University.
And the rest of the day goes something like this: fair, food, family, friends 🙂
We are very attached to our food as a nation. But in a twist, today is the only day in the year that most of us will eat rice that has been soaked in water. Traditionally, it’s the meals of the farmers. This being after all the festivity that marked the end of the harvest period. We carry it on by now eating “panta bhat” with too expensive “hilsha” fish and a variety of mashed vegetables, prawns etc. known as ‘bhorta’. The end of any meal has to be in sweets, so the traditional cakes or ‘pithas’ are served too.
And last but not least… the millions of people who turn up to enjoy these festivities in their traditional best 🙂
Shuvo Nobo Borsho to all my readers … enjoy your new year in peace and blessings 🙂