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Nababorsha 2014 Special
Emergence of Bengali New Year and Calendar

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Emergence of Bengali New Year and Calendar

As an old saying goes: "Bengalis have thirteen festivals in twelve months." This experience-based adage gives an impression of a society which was affluent, cohesive and joyful. It further reveals that the olden society of Bengal had been featured by an intense cultural atmosphere and resulting social euphoria. The above saying actually holds true...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Memories of bright Boishakhi nights

Memories of bright Boishakhi nights

Contrary to popular images of celebration of Pohela Boishakh, usually replete with the early morning epicurean ritual of feasting on plentiful platters of panta-ilish, my earliest memories of the Bangla New Year are suffused with the serotonin-rush of the taste of sugary, pale creamy-white, wafer-thin moon-shaped candy, batasha. Close cousin to the egg-white...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Tradition and protest

Tradition and protest

Celebration and protest go hand in hand in our lands. As a resilient race, our people have always sung songs when in pain, painted when violated, danced when disappointed and risen from ashes in colors when burnt. 'Pohela Boishakh' is no exception to this rule. This land suffered in the hands of the Pakistanis...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
A day that unifies…

A day that unifies…

Pahela Baishakh is the only occasion in Bengal that brings together people of all faiths for a day of spontaneous merriment. There is a colourful thread of commonality that runs through all age groups, class and all religions, thus strengthening the social bond rooted in the Bengali identity. The festive moments, as we...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Pohela baishakh: imagined vs. real

Pohela Baishakh as a festival try to root us to the past, at the same time locate us in our future, although we are yet to grasp the broader dimension of such phenomenon. We have witnessed the unfolding of Pohela Baishakh as a celebration over the last half-century which was also a period of great changes in the national and global arena. In the then East Pakistan Pohela Baishakh was celebrated more as a trade-ritual or Hal-Khata, the opening...