About The Festival

India is known to be the residence of different culture and religious people. That’s why, one can experience the peaceful presence of different lingual people under a same territory. There are many festivals and occasions being held every year to usher the regional New Year every year. Poila Boisakh is called as the Bengali New Year. In Bengali, Poila means ‘first’ and ‘Boisakh’ is the first month of the year. This occurs on either 14th or 15th April every year. Bengalis celebrate by wearing new clothes and offering ‘Anjali’ to the famous temples scattered around the Indian state West Bengal. Children and younger people touches the feet of the elders to get the blessings at the start of the year. Sweets are distributed to friends, families and closed ones to keep the bonds intact all through the time period. This is the time for the traders to open a new business ledger book by offering small puja to Ganesh and Lakshmi at their shops.

Travel Tips

  • The celebration marks the welcoming of New Year and summer. Temperature touches as much as 40 degree Centigrade with 80-90% humidity. This makes people uncomfortable. So wear comfortable cotton full sleeve clothes. Preferable would be wearing new clothes, which is the custom during this period.
  • Wear saree or Indian attires during the festival.
  • It is a festival of Hindus. But all region’s people can join this festivity.
  • Avoid drinking and smoking.
  • Venture out for warming your soul with the sweet dishes available during this period at all the corners.
  • If possible learn and know more about this occasion from a local resident or people.

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There are no stipulated performing for the normal individuals at home. Some visits Kali temple or Dakshineshwar temple to get the blessings of the Goddesses. Traders organise pujas and invites old customers at their shops. The dues are cleared and some advances are paid to mark the relationship between merchant and customer intact. Some people organises cultural programmes and Probhat Pheri in the morning also.

Most Celebrated Places

The Bengalis living in Kolkata and all of West Bengal, celebrates this traditional procedure of welcoming the New Year even in present times also. Bengalis living in faraway places, celebrates this traditional festive also.

How to Reach

Time Period

The celebration happens each year on 14th April or 15th April. Boisakh is the month of summer also.