“Poila Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali Calendar a lively festival celebrated with much fanfare in India and Bangladesh. Though the start of this celebration was not as fanciful, “Nobo Borsho” is one of the most beautiful Bengali Prabashi community celebrations. Each year we all gather together with family and friends to celebrate the fabulous start to the new year.
Developed somewhere over 400 years ago by the 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar to collect taxes on a specific date every year, Poila Boishakh evolved into a way to interact both culturally and socially. Whether it is making delicacies such as Bhapa Ilish, Kosha Mangsho, Sandesh, and Doi or singing our favorite “Rabindra Sangeet.” We all have our family traditions have carried over with us here in Portland.
As COVID restrictions continue to prevail, many large group celebrations are canceled both in India and here in favor of intimate home celebrations. But this should not dampen “Bangaliana” in any way. We at Prabashi Portland will gladly welcome pictures of the “Saaj Goj” “Khawa Dawa” of our community here on our FB book. Folks!! It’s time to Iron out the Dhutti Punjabi and Dhakhai saree 🙂 Please email all the pictures to email@example.com.
Shubho Nobo Borsho!