Friday, April 9, 2010

Bengali New Year, Vishu Festival and Bohag Bihu

The all three big festival of three different communities falls in the mid of April same day on 14-15th. Bengali New Year or "Poila Boisakh" is the new year according to Bengali calender. Poila Boisakh is mainly celebrated inside West Bengal, some parts of Assam and Tripura where Bengali communities used to live. Its the day when Bengalis tends to start their life with a new hope, new dreams and plans for future. Every year it falls and publicly celebrated on 15th April in India, and in Bangladesh it falls in 14th April. Poila Boishakh is the day for cultural programs. People pray for the well-being and prosperity of their family, relatives and friends. Young ladies clad in white saris with red borders and men clad in dhuti and kurta take part in the Probhat Pheri processions early in the morning to welcome the first day of the year. The day is very auspicious for starting new businesses and new ventures. Poila Boishakh is the beginning of all business activities in Bengal. The Bengali Hindu traders purchase new accounting books for business called halkhata. They worship of Goddess Lakshmi and God Ganesha.

Bihu Festival is the biggest festival of the people of Assam. It is a festival that transcends all religious and class barriers bringing people together in a free and uninhabited manner. There are three part of Bihu festival - Bohag Bihu, which is celebrated in mid-April, the Magh Bihu, which is held in mid-January, and the Kati Bihu which is celebrated in mid-October. The three are connected with the spring, winter and autumn seasons respectively.

Vishu is a Malayalam festival held in the state of Kerala and some areas of Tamil Nadu in Indian on the first day in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). Vishu Festival is also known as the Malayalam New Year day and thus it becomes all the more important for the Malayalees regardless of their religion or sect.

Send beautiful Bengali New Year Scraps and Greetings
Some lovely Vishu Greetings and Orkut Scraps
and Bihu Festival Scraps and Greetings

1 comment:

  1. Cool, thanks for the info about the Vishu Festival.

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