Poila Baishakh and Tagoreana
If there is one iconic Bengali whom every Bengali remembers on every occasion, be it Poila Baishakh, Doljatra, or Durga Puja, he is none other than Rabindranath Tagore. Baishakh is the month of his birth, and remembering him, reading his creations, and singing and listening to his Song is almost a religion to the Bengali bhadralok. Poila baishakh is the harbinger of a new year, and Bengalis look forward to another good year with wistfulness. In almost every locality, every gated community, a cultural programme takes place. It is common to hear the sounds of ‘Byartho praaner aborjona puriye phele aagun jwaalo’ as you pass by on this day.
Punjabi-Pyjama, and Saree are the current fashion on this Day
Poila Baishakh is generally a holiday in Kolkata the common dress for this day remains punjabi-pyjama and saree. Wearing a western dress, even a shirt and a pair of pants is quite sacrilegious on this day. Going to the roots of Bengali culture is the overriding theme of the day.
Nowadays, a huge choice of punjabi-pyjama and sarees is available in every clothing shop. Gone are days of white Punjabi-pyjama and lalpar white sarees. Well-designed dresses are available in every clothing shop and online store.
Good Food Reigns Supreme
Poila Baishakh is a day to enjoy the best of Bengali culinary excellence. Bengali cuisine is one of the richest and varied cuisines on the planet. On this day, even the culinary experience every Bengali wants is quintessentially traditional Bengali cooking. From echorer dalna to kochi pathar jhol, from mochar ghonto to dab chingri, misti doi to rasogolla, a plethora of items satisfy the Bengalis on this day, while ampora sarbat cools the evening. Almost all restaurants prepare themselves with a Bengali fare on Poila Baishakh. Eating out is very popular in Kolkata and Poila Baishakh is one occasion when restaurants are full.
Welcome the New on Poila Baishakh
For Bengalis, Poila Baishakh is the day of welcoming the new. The day usually starts with puja, and for business owners, it is a special day to start the books for a new financial year. The day is considered auspicious and any high-value purchase like buying a home, car, or gold is made on this day. A number of businesses offer special discounts and incentives to buyers on this day.
In fact, a lot of homebuyers do the grihaprabesh puja on Poila Baishakh and start living in their new homes on this day. It is considered especially auspicious. Property developers in Kolkata take this opportunity to offer Nabo Barsho offer to homebuyers during this period. As this is the best time to buy a home, considering a host of factors like low interest rates, Nabo Barsho makes the perfect sense to finally book the home you are planning for some time.
By LNN (Liyaans News Network)