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6 Fun Facts About Bengali New Year

Join us on Sunday, April 7, for a celebration of Bangladeshi culture! CMA is partnering with the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), an organization working to promote Bengali arts and language in New York City’s growing multicultural communities by offering accessible classes and providing platforms for emerging artists and performers. Story Time will feature books by Bangladeshi authors at 11 am with Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of the Hudson Park Library. BIPA will be presenting performances and interactive workshops at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

Let’s celebrate! We invite you to make a colorful mask in our Gallery Workshop to celebrate Bengali New Year. To help us get ready for our festivities, find 6 Fun Facts about Bengali New Year below.

1. Shubho Nabobarsho! That’s how you say “Happy New Year” to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, or, Bengali New Year.

2. Did you know that different cultures around the world have different calendars? In the Bengali calendar, the1426th year begins on April 14th and is celebrated with family time, singing, fairs and parades.

3. On Bengali New Year, special foods include panta bhat (watered rice), ilish bhaji (fried hilsa fish) and lots of delicious bhartas (mash). What foods does your family celebrate with?

4. Many people dress up and put flowers in their hair to celebrate. Red and white is a popular color-combination.

5. Mangal Shobhajatra is a giant parade put on by students and faculty in Fine Arts at Dhaka University. Thousands of people carry handmade puppets and wear masks of birds, fish, and other animals as a symbol of peace. Mangal Shobhajatra literally means “procession for well-being.”

6. Bengali New Year is celebrated in Bangladesh and all around the world by Bengali people. It is a regional holiday in many parts of India. There are also large celebrations in Tokyo, London, Sydney, and Toronto. Here in NYC, there will be a celebration beginning in Diversity Plaza and traveling through Jackson Heights, Queens.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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