Poila Baisakh or Pohela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali new year. Poila Baisakh 2017 is on April 14, and will be celebrated in a big way in West Bengal and Bangladesh. According to the Gregorian calendar, Poila Boishakh falls on April 14 or April 15 every year.
Some other states, including Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Kerala and Manipur, also celebrate the day as the beginning of a new year.
More from IBTimes India: Before Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and others floored us in sex worker roles
So what does Poila Baisakh actually mean? Poila stands for 'first' while 'Baisakh' is the first month of the year. As per the Bengali calendar, it will mark the beginning of the year 1424.
Many people believe that the new year or Poila Baisakh is simply linked to the harvest festival of Baisakhi. Others, however, say that the Bengali calendar was first formed by Mughal emperor Akbar in the 15th century.
On this auspicious occasion, Bengalis greet each other by saying "Shubho Naboborsho" (Happy New year), and worship God. They wear new clothes, make various Bengali dishes and distribute sweets. Businessmen also celebrate the day by starting new ledger books after getting them blessed by a a priest.
Bengali New Year Greetings, Quotes, Wishes to share with your family and friends
- Wish you a joyous and prosperous new year. Shubho Naboborsho!
- Wishing a blessed and prosperous Bengali New Year to you and your family. Subho Poila Boisakh!
- Let this year bring you peace, joy and fulfilment. Happy Poila Boisakh!
- Sobaike janai Subho noboborsher priti, subheccha o antorik obhinondon.
- Nobo anand e jago aji Boisakh-er punno probhate. Sob jwala-jontrona jak muche. Asuk ekk notun bhor!
- Nobo Boisakher subheccha janai. Agami bocchor apnar bhalo katuk.
- Chaitrer raat holo abosaan/ Jagche notun bochor Boisakh eri bhore/ Sobai ke janai subho nonoborsho!
- A New Year marks a new beginning. Welcome it with a grand feast and celebrate it with a high spirit. Sobaike Subha Nabobarsho!
- Best wishes for the New Year to you and your family. Subho noboborsho!