Under the auspices of the Embassy of Bangladesh, the Multipurpose Hall of the Seoul Metropolitan City Building were filled with Bangladesh residents Korea as well as their desires to pray for a happy & prosperous New Year in the morning, April 14th(Sunday), 2019
Bangladesh Amb. Abida Islam ushered Head of Missions such as Jordan Amb. Adel Adaileh couple, Amb. Yim Geun-hyeong for Intl relations to Seoul Metropolitan Government to the front seats so that they can observe Bangladesh New Year 1426 with Bangladesh residents in Korea who reside for their working, business, and study. Amb. Yim touched upon common similarties between the two nations through his welcoming remarks.
Bengali New Year, also known as 'Pohela Boishakh' is the first day in the Bengali calendar. Poila means ‘first’ and Boishakh is first month of the Bengali calendar.
As Bengali New Year is based on a solar calendar it occurs on 14 April in the Gregorian calendar each year. It is an optional public holiday in Bangladesh and in India in 2018, it a public holiday in Tripura, West Bengal and may be celebrated by Bengali communities elsewhere in India, said the Embassy of Bangladesh.
As regarding its Traditions of Bengali new Year, Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the Bengali calendar in 1556 (Gregorian calendar) to make the collection of land tax easier in 'Subah Bangla', much of which is now in Bangladesh.
Bengali New Year is celebrated at the time as many other new years in the region. It is marked by the sun moving from Pieces to Aries. This is an ancient festival and when it was first observed, the movement of the sun into Aries would have been closer to the Vernal Equinox marking the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere. The dates of these events differ today due to the wobble of the earth on its axis over a 25,000 cycle - known as procession. The traditional greeting for Bengali New Year is 'Shubho Nabobarsho' which means 'Happy New Year'.
As with other new years' traditions in the region, Bengali families clean their house and decorate them with colourful motifs called alpana. At the center of the alpana pattern, they place a earthen pot, filled with water, covered with mango leaves and marked with the sacred Hindu red and white swastika sign. This is intended to bring good luck and fortune to the household in the coming year. People may also visit their nearby river to say prayers and take a ritual bath.