Update February 13, 2015

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Pahela Falgun today

Sumel Sarker

Boshonto Pahela Falgun 1421

“Jatiya Boshonto Utshab” 1421

13 February 2015, Nirapad News : Today is Pahela Falgun 1421. The first day of Spring of the Bengali month Falgun, of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orrisa. The first of Falgun usually falls on 13 February of the Gregorian Calendar. This day is marked with colourful celebrations where traditionally, women wear yellow saris to celebrate the day.

Children dressed in yellow and red dancing in Pahela Falgun.

Children dressed in yellow and red dancing in Pahela Falgun.

Celebration in Bangladesh: After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colorful flowers like Shimul, Polash and Marigold. Especially the “Krishnachura” brings the news of spring first.

The celebration requires no place because every single Bengali embraces Falgun in their heart and soul. Bengali expresses their joy through different cultural activities. On the occasion, girls are dressed in bashonti (yellow or orange) coloured sari and flowers in hair while boys wear colorful pyjama and punjabi to welcome the arrival of spring.

Pahela Falgun Celebrations

Pahela Falgun Celebrations

The center point of this festivity is “Bakul-tola” of the Institute of Fine Arts (Commonly known as Charukola) of Dhaka University. The jingle of the celebration is “Esho mili praner utshabe” (Come, let us celebrate life together). Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad have been arranging the main celebration program of the day for over a decade. The celebration usually begins at around 7 am in the morning. Thousands of young men and women gather in the morning and celebrate the day with signing songs, reciting poems and dancing. At around 10:00am a rally starts from Bokul-tola, it revolves round the TSC and later ends at Charukola. The entire Dhaka University Campus and the Ekushey Boi-mela becomes the best place to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones.

Falgun

Women adorned in yellow, orange and read, celebrating pahela Falgun.

Fresh flowers are iconic symbols of Pohela Falgun. A woman’s appearance is incomplete without floral ornaments or flowers adorning the hair. The ideal ‘Boshonto’ look is one that accentuates the eyes with kohl and the lips with a blazing shade of red or fuchsia. The idea is to keep the look simple and fresh, matching the nature of the season. People are finally seen discarding woolly clothing and sporting the representative colours of yellow, orange, and red.

Jamdani and taant are particularly popular amongst women during ‘Pohela Falgun.’ Children and adults alike enjoy adorning floral motifs and Bangla letters hand- painted intricately on their cheeks and hands.

Procession pahela falgun

Pahela Falgun procession

Activities of Pohela Falgun include folk music, dance of indigenous people, poem recitation, drama, and local band concerts. One activity that captures the spirit of Pohela Falgun is the loud procession, enhanced by the appropriate fanfare, brought out, usually in several phases in the morning, from various points in the country. Pohela Falgun serves as a reminder of the eternal truth that everything in this universe runs according to a predestined course of life which cannot be overtaken. When the time arrives, nothing can alter that course. Through the various seasons, nature demonstrates patience and demands that we do the same.

Pohela Falgun in particular signifies that recovery follows sickness; happiness follows grief; and security follows trepidation.

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