Jamshedpur: Poila Baisakh, the Bengali New Year, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and merriment by Bengalis in Jamshedpur other parts of East Singhbhum today. The festive spirit was evident as people dressed in traditional attire, adorned their homes with colorful decorations, and participated in various cultural programs and events to welcome the auspicious occasion.
The day began with devotees thronging to temples to offer prayers and seek blessings for a prosperous year ahead. Many also visited the famous Kali Temples, which were beautifully decorated with flowers and lights for the festive occasion.
One of the highlights of Poila Baisakh celebrations was the cultural programs organized by various cultural organizations like Milanee and Bengal Club. Music and dance performances, traditional folk dances like Gaudiya Nritya and Santhal dance, and recitals of Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti, the popular Bengali songs, filled the air with melodious tunes. Traditional arts and crafts exhibitions showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Bengal were also organized, where artisans displayed their exquisite creations.
Food also played a significant role in the celebrations, with Bengali households preparing a sumptuous feast to mark the occasion. Traditional Bengali dishes like doi maach (fish cooked in yogurt), kosha mangsho (spicy mutton curry), chholar dal (Bengal gram lentil), and mishti pulao (sweet rice) were prepared and enjoyed with family and friends.
Social media was abuzz with posts and wishes exchanged among Bengalis, both near and far, expressing their joy and excitement for Poila Baisakh. Hashtags like #PoilaBaisakh, #BengaliNewYear, and #BengaliCulture were trending, with people sharing pictures of their festive attire, delicious food, and cultural performances.
Speaking about the significance of Poila Baisakh, Anirban Mukherjee, a local resident, said, “Poila Baisakh is not just a New Year celebration for Bengalis, but also a time to honor our rich culture and traditions. It is a day to come together with loved ones, rejoice, and seek blessings for a prosperous year ahead.”
The festivities continued late into the evening, with fireworks lighting up the night sky and people dancing to traditional tunes. The vibrant and joyous celebrations of Poila Baisakh reflected the cultural richness and spirit of togetherness among Bengalis, making it a memorable day for everyone involved. As the new year begins, Bengalis look forward to another year filled with happiness, prosperity, and cultural heritage.