Bangali New Year or Pohela Boishakh or Pahela Baishakh is the celebration of the conventional New Year day in West Bengal and Tripura. The festival usually falls on 14 April every year if not on 15 April and is celebrated by the Bengalis across the nation despite their spiritual faith.
About Bengali New Year
Bengali New Year is a regional holiday. On the festival day, the Bengali families wash their houses and fully beautify them with rangoli. They locate a clay pot capped with the leaves of mango and packed with water. The temples of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth; and Ganesh, the god of propitious beginning; will be visited by the people.
The nearby rivers will also be visited to submit special prayers on the festival day. Like West Bengal, in Tripura, Pahela Baishakh is a state-level holiday. The residents of Tripura will wear new dresses and commences the festival day by taking a visit to Hindu temples. This festival gives a fresh beginning in each element is welcomed with a positive note by the people.
The people interchange the festival wishes among themselves. The young people seek the blessings of their elders by touching feet for the next year to come. Handmade gifts will be designed based on local themes and will be shared among the people. A few families consider interchanging expensive gift items from overseas brands. Bengali New Year greeting cards can be obtained online at no cost.
Bengali New Year is a special day for the owners of the commercial outlets and shops in order to open the ledgers. Merchants across the state perform Lakshmi Pooja and Ganesh Pooja and will organise parties for their regular customers. At schools and colleges, competitions will be organised for students such as dance competitions, singing competitions, art competitions etc.
This Year Bengali New Year is on Monday, 15th April 2019
List of Days for Bengali New Year from 2019 to 2028
|2019||15 April||Monday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2020||14 April||Tuesday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2021||15 April||Thursday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2022||15 April||Friday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2023||15 April||Saturday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2024||15 April||Sunday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2025||15 April||Tuesday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2026||15 April||Wednesday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2027||15 April||Thursday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|2028||14 April||Friday||Pohela Boishakh/Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
History of Bengali New Year
The Mughals used to garner the taxes on agricultural activities as per the Hijri calendar, which is not a lunar calendar and will not accord with the harvest. It was difficult for farmers to pay taxes out of seasons. Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, instructed to reform the calendar to ease the process of tax remittance. Following the instruction of the king, Fatehullah Shrirazi, a famous scholar, created the calendar for Bengalis based on Hindu solar and Hijri lunar calendars. The people began celebrating this festival after that. It had been mandatory to settle all dues on the final day of Choitro.