Poila boishakh is the first day of Bengali Calendar. It is based on Surya Siddhanta and closely tied with the Vedic Solar Calendar. It generally falls on 14th or 15th of April.
For the traders in Bengal it is customary to clear up all the dues on the last day of the year. They start their new accounting book on the auspicious Poila Baishakh after receiving blessings from The Almighty.
For us it was just a quick puja wearing new clothes which were undoubtedly bought from Chaitra Sale. Evenings were generally booked for cultural events. We were invited to shops, where we were regulars and got a big fat box of sweet and savory.
Now on the other side of the ocean it is the day to celebrate Bangaliana. The plan is already chalked out. Before I move into my kitchen let me share my lunch menu for Poila baishakh with you.
- Plain white rice
- Maacher matha diye muger da
- Dhokar Dalna
- Prawn Malaikari
- Kosha Mangsho
- Raw Mango Chutney
To all my readers best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity, happiness and most importantly good health.
Shubo Nobo borsho to you all.