Time: first month of Bengali calendar, Baishakh (April)
Significance: it is basically a harvest festival that celebrates
the beginning of crop cycle in Bengal
Calcutta Poila Baisakh festival is basically a harvest festivity that
marks the beginning of the crop cycle in Bengal. It takes place in the
first month of the Bengali calendar, Baisakh (April). Poila Baisakh is
celebrated with magnificent grandeur. The first day of the month of
Baisakh is known as Poila Baisakh and is celebrated as the Bengali New
Year. It is on this day that wherever you go, you are offered yummy
Poila Baisakh festival of Kolkata, India witnesses the inauguration of
the new books of accounts by the traders. This month is considered
auspicious for the purpose of marriage and starting a new venture. The
month of baisakh marks the beginning of agricultural activities.
Bengalis are of the belief that children born in this month are likely
to possess the qualities of a genius. The perfect example is that of
Rabindranath Tagore who was born on the 25th in the month of baisakh.
People dress up in their best apparels and share joyous moments with
friends and family. Houses are not only cleaned thoroughly, but also
beautifully decorated. Women make awesome rangolis at the entrance of
house. On this festivity, cultural programs are held. People greet each
other and exchange sweets. Prayers are conducted to seek the divine
Here is provided information on the Poila Baisakh festival of Calcutta/Kolkata India.