Every year 14th of April not only brings joy and festivals all over the country but it also makes us dream of the new that we hope to happen in the near future. The joy, happiness, festival and the dream is identical to what you do on 1st January of any given year. I know I’ve been hard. Let me be neat and clean. 14th of April is the 1st day of Baishakh, which is the first month of the Bengali Calendar. The first day of month is also called “Pahela” followed by the name of that month. In other words, Pahela Baishakh is the New Year in Bangla calendar.
We have traditions here. The best of all is going out on festivals and hanging out with friends. This year, I didn’t do much of hanging out with friends but I still I spent half of the day with my friends. I went to Dhanmondi area of the city where a pleasant lake is located. Many people go beside the lake for a cool natural breeze out of the mechanical city life. On occasions like this, the place is overcrowded with lots of people from different parts of the city. There are concerts here and there. When we arrived the Dhanmondi lake area, there was a concert going on. We missed it, though. It ended right within 3 minutes of our arrival on the scene. 😦 But that didn’t make us sad as concert wasn’t our target.
Later in the afternoon, I went to one of my best friend’s home. I didn’t stay there for too long. But I sure enjoyed the stay. For those who have been reading my blog for quite a long time now, you should already know who my best friend mim is! Remember anything? No? Then read this post from the archive.
On Pahela Baishakhs, women usually wear sharees of white color with red arts in it. The art usually refers to Baishakhi messages or sometimes simply a hand-design. They also wear earrings and other ornaments (not gold, usually) matching the color with their dress. The photo you see above is of mim. I took it while I was on her home. You now remember who mim is, right? 😀
People usually welcome this new day of the new year with many hopes and dreams in their life. However, when it comes to me, like other New Years, I didn’t have any particular dream of my own. Well, I do have dreams, but I didn’t think about them in the new year. Maybe I depend too much in Allah and not these traditions. 🙂
Let me tell you an interesting thing: In English Calendar, the date changes at 12AM in the morning. In Arabic Calendar, the date changes when the sun sets. But in Bangla Calendar, the date changes and a new day begins as soon as the sun rises up. Interesting, right? 😀
P.S.: To know more about how we celebrate Bangla New Year, refer to the wikipedia page where they have a detailed information about the celebration, tradition and culture of Bangali’s Baishakhi celebration. The page is located at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pohela_Boishakh#In_Dhaka .