12.Pahela Baishakh(পহেলা বৈশাখ)
(a)Which day is called pahela Baishakh?
(b)Why do people celebrate the day?
(c)What do people do on this day?
(d) What types of dresses do people wear on this day?
(e)What types of functions are held there?
(f)What is the significance of the day?
The first day of the Bangla year is called Pahela Boishakh. We celebrate this day to mark the beginning of the 1st day of Bangla New Year. The day is celebrated with traditional festivities across the country. The rural people arrange Boishakhi Mela on this day. Shopkeepers open halkhata and offer sweets to their customers and clients. The day has a special attraction for the townspeople. They rise early in the morning. They put on their best dress that is payjama and Punjabi. They take panta rice with dried pepper. They pass the whole day in great joy and forget the sufferings of life for the time being. In the town, different organizations arrange meetings, seminars, symposiums, and discussions. Different cultural organizations arrange various kinds of cultural functions. Pahela Boishakh has great significance. It reflects our age-old tradition and culture. It bears testimony to the fact that we have a culture of our own. It is the manifestation of our cultural heritage.
Word meaning: celebrate (v)-উৎযাপন করা; festivities (n)- উৎসব; arrange (v)- আয়ােজন করা; reflect (v)- প্রভাবিত করা; testimony (n)- প্রমাণ; manifestation (n)- অভিব্যক্তি, প্রদর্শন, প্রকাশ।