Rome Celebrates the New Year of Bangladesh

Photos and Text: Stefano Romano


“On 14 April the New Year of Bangladesh begins. Bengali New Year is known as Pôhela Boishakh (পহেলাবৈশাখ) and corresponds to the first day according to the Bengali Calendar celebrated throughout Bangladesh and West Bengal, as far as the community in Assam, Tripura, Odisha and Kolkata. The start day is usually April 14, according to the official calendar of the Bangla Academy. We’re talking about a tradition that refers to the Hindu solar calendar. That which began yesterday is the year 1421.



In Bangladesh it’s a very important day. It’s the beginning of all activities related to trade, because it’s considered auspicious, and this also applies for weddings. The New Year is closely linked with rural life in Bengal. So in the morning you get up early, cleaning the house and dresses well. Women with red-rimmed white sari, flowers in the hair and bindi between the eyes; men with long tunics (kurta). Tradition dictates that you wait for the dawn of the first day under a tree or on the banks of a river. They thus beginning the festivities that last about a week.




In Rome, the first day of Pôhela was held in a beautiful old park, called Park of the Aqueducts, under the walls of an ancient Roman aquaduct.



I bring you through the beauty of this people, in their colors and beautiful faces; among children from the magnificent eyes, mothers and daughters and clothes from fine fabrics, so that the beauty of the faces become the beauty of a culture and a people.”















About Stefano Romano

An Italian-born, by faith and destiny embraced Islam and passionately love Indonesian rich culture. His shots are extra-ordinary, as people say: pictures worth thousands words.

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9 Comments to "Rome Celebrates the New Year of Bangladesh"

  1. Kornelya  23 April, 2014 at 20:39

    Beautiful and colorful. Thank you Stefano for sharing cultural experience

  2. Linda Cheang  20 April, 2014 at 22:19


  3. Alfred Tuname  20 April, 2014 at 21:56

    wow nice… eyes with a thousand prose….

  4. Stefano Romano  18 April, 2014 at 17:04

    Really thanks to all again! It’s my pleasure to show you what my eyes can see

  5. J C  18 April, 2014 at 07:31

    Stefano, the details, color, tone and expression of each picture are really wonderful and surely it’s pro-class shots!

  6. Dj. 813  18 April, 2014 at 02:34

    Nice Pictures…

  7. Lani  17 April, 2014 at 12:45

    CHARLES : good morning, and how are you this morning? Have a great day…

  8. Charles  17 April, 2014 at 12:07

    Wow what a beautifull pictures. well done.

  9. Lani  17 April, 2014 at 11:46


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