Monday, April 14, 2008
Happy Bengali New Year to all! Today is the first day of the year 1415 in the Bengali calendar and today, April 14 is Bengali New Year's day. A wonderful excuse for a mela. After lunch my friends Kokhun, Dulal and I went and visited the celebrations in the park along the Bramaputra River. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets along the river, stalls were set up selling hand-made goods and cheap toys for children.
Stalls selling tasty street food, tea and ice cream littered the park. There were even petite amusement park style rides available. Not that I would trust my life to a few pieces of wood swinging around like a merry-go-round. We visited the Zainul Abedin art gallery to see an exhibition where Abir, an MCC Bangladesh designer has works displayed, and met up with a few other friends for some tea and gossip, a Bangladeshi specialty.
Today's New Year's celebrations were a wonderful opportunity to relax and spend some time with friends, to see the colourful dress and intricately hand-painted shirts and sharis, and to be a part of the Bengali New Year.