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Today is Bengali New Year – April 15, 2011 – Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh

Today – April 15, 2011 – is the first day of the Baisakh month in Bengal and it is observed as Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh – the Bengali New Year.  It is the first day in the traditional Hindu Bengali Calendar. In Bengali houses, Naba Barsa is welcomed with elaborate alpanas (rangolis).
kalash is placed in the center of the alpana pattern and it symbolizes prosperity. Houses are elaborately decorated with flowers. Another important event is the Prabhat Pheries or early morning processions.