Happy Bengali New Year to everyone from the bottom of our hearts. Growing up in a Bengali home, Poila Boishakh has been a grand spectacle. From “Neem-holuder” snan to Ilish bhog – it’s raining grandeur literally.
As the world-renowned bard, Sri Rabindranath once sang –
“Esho, he Boisakh, esho esho…” which literally translates to “Come, O Boisakh…Come…Come.”
What it means that Bengalis all over the world wait for this auspicious day. Long before the craze of New Year Eve or Christmas has hit the Indian subcontinent – we knew our new chapter in the arms of Poila Boishakh. It is a rich culture that breaks the shackles of religion and unites all.
Hindus, Muslims, Christians – all dissolve into one effervescent solution. We are proud Bengalis. And, that’s our PRIDE. But what most don’t know is the reason behind such a spectacle. Let’s have a look at how Poila Boishakh is celebrated with much pomp and show –
A brush of history, shall we?
As per historians, the origin of the Bengali New Year dates back to the 15th Century. During that time of the Mughal rule, an agricultural tax (khajna) was levied on the Bengali peasants. Now, as the taxation was levied based on the Islamic lunar calendar, it didn’t match with the harvest time of the-then Bengal. Thus, the Mughal emperor Akbar instructed his royal astronomer to devise a new harvest calendar that would match with the Bengal’s harvest season. And, hereby, the Bengali New Year or Poila Boishakh was incepted.
Fascinating, isn’t it?
But, Poila Boishakh isn’t just about the farmers. It’s much more than you realize.
Bring out the new YOU!
The best part of this festival is that it has no boundaries…
It is much more than just you and me. The rich and the poor, men, women, and children together unite on this day. This day marks a new chapter in our life. A new beginning of everything. As the world and India are battling from the clutches of Coronavirus; Bengali New Year is here to rekindle our dying spirits.
Take out our new clothes that you have been saving up for this day. Shower your family, friends, and relatives with love & respect – as a lot depends on this day. It is believed that Poila Boishakh is like a reboot to everything good. If things haven’t been good lately, TODAY it’s time to change. Today, we can start all over.
We may wash away our hatred, competitiveness, and vice to unite over plates of panta bhaat (watery/runny rice) and, Ilish maach (Hilsa fish). As you’re elbow dip, may the happiness of your face be ever kindled.
But, where there’s culture, food, and tradition – can business be far behind? That being said; this auspicious day is “super” eventful for Bengali businessmen.
A busy time for Bengali “byaboshai” babus
Poila Boishakh is also a busy time for businesses!!
It might feel like a day, but its preparations begin way ahead of time. In fact, ‘chaitra’ or, the last month of the Bengali calendar – is a busy phase for traders and enterprises. The famed end-of-year sale (much older than Myntra’s end-of-reason sale) attracts humongous crowds from all sectors of Bengal.
Poila Boishakh is the time when Bengali businessmen open their new ledger (Halkhata). Bengali traders from both parts of Bengal (India and Bangladesh) hold this of paramount importance. Many households hold ‘yaggya’ or an offering to the Almighty to seek His blessings. During this holy duration, Bengali households publish and exchange ‘panjika’ (Bengali almanac) to get a hold of the upcoming events (for the following year).
Why not start a business of your own?
It isn’t such a bad idea, is it?
Considering the auspiciously celebrated form, Poila Boishakh can be an excellent opportunity in new territories. There are numerous start-up ideas to choose from. A very relevant option is to open a freelance marketplace like Upwork.
And, why not?
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We wish you the very best in your future endeavors…