Bengali New Year

Bengali New Year Celebration

BPCSV celebrates Bengali New Year, also called Novo Borsho or Pohela Boishakh (the 1st day of the Bengali calendar) with a colourful cultural program and a special dinner with authentic Bengali cuisine.

King Shoshangko of ancient Bengal is credited with starting the Bengali era. The starting point of the Bengali era is estimated to be in 594 in the Gregorian calendar. Hence the Bengali year is 594 less than the Gregorian calendar if it is before Pohela Boishakh or 593 less if it is after Pohela Boishakh.

Hence, in the Year 2017

  • Bengali Era before 15 April would be 1423 = 2017 – 594
  • Bengali Era after 15 April would be 1424 = 2017 – 593

Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, is widely celebrated in West Bengal, Bangladesh and among Bengali communities in Assam and Tripura. In Assam, Pohela Boishakh is celebrated as Bihu and also known as Assamese New Year.

BPCSV’s Bengali New Year Celebration Schedule

2018 (Bangla 1425)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2019 (Bangla 1426)

Saturday, April 20, 2019