Updated: April 15, 2021 9:49:55 am
Bengali New Year (Pohela Boishakh) 2021 Date: Poila Boishakh, also known as Bangla Noboborsho, is the first day of the Bengali calendar and celebrated as new year’s day. It usually falls on April 14 or 15 every year, set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of the first-month Boishakh. This year, the festival will be celebrated by Bengalis in West Bengal, Tripura and Assam on April 15.
According to the Drikpanchang, it is believed that King Shoshangko of ancient Bengal is credited with starting the Bengali era, which is estimated to be in 594 in the Gregorian calendar. Hence, Bengali year is 594 less than the Gregorian calendar if it is before Pohela Boishakh or 593 less if it is after Pohela Boishakh.
However, some believe that the Bengali calendar was introduced during the time of emperor Akbar, who had asked royal astronomer Fathullah Shirazi to create a new calendar combining the lunar Islamic calendar and solar Hindu calendar, already in use. In rural Bengali Hindu communities, the Bengali calendar is credited to emperor Vikramaditya.
Poila Baisakh also marks the beginning of the new financial year for the Bengali business community, which visits shops and buys valuables as it signifies good fortune. They also worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on this day. People wear new clothes and indulge themselves in sweet delicacies, to celebrate the day.
Today, the festival is celebrated by Bengalis by buying new clothes and feasting on traditional delicacies. People exchange greetings and also attend processions. The traditional greeting for the day is “Shubho Noboborsho” which means “Happy New Year”.
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