land of Bengal is replete with the histories
of festivals. The age-old saying baaro maashe
tero paarbon (thirteen festivities in twelve
months) reminds us that there is more than
one special occasion each month. From the
New Year's Haal Khaata Day to the following
Chaitra Sankraanti (eve of the following
New Year's day), the Bengali Calendar is
literally saturated with numerous Muslim,
Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and other religious
and tribal community festivals.
and Joishtho, the first two months of the
Bangla year, comprise the season of "Grish-sho"
or summer. The first day of Baishakh not
only heralds a new year, but also the six
seasons along with it. Baishakh is symbolised
by Krishnachura, red coloured flower shrubs,
true to the imagery of heat in summer and
the delectability of the rains that follow.
The songs at Ramna batamul proclaim Baishakh's
tempestuous quality of sweeping everything
stale and worn out.
wish you well and hope that you enjoy the
best of what this life has to offer. Rejoice
with friends and foes. This special Pahela
Baishakh suppliment is about celebration,
festivity and renewal. We hope this brief
glimpse of the seasons and festivals of
Bangladesh will help you share the happiness
with others. "Shubho Nababarsha”