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PM GREETS ON POYLA BOISHAKH

PM GREETS ON POYLA BOISHAKH

Context

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted Bengalis in India and across the world on Poyla Boishakh.

Details

  • Poila Boishakh, also known as Bangla Noboborsho, is the first day of the Bengali calendar and celebrated as new year’s day.
  • It usually falls on April 14 or 15 every year, set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of the first month Boishakh.
  • It is believed that King Shoshangko of ancient Bengal is credited with starting the Bengali era, which is estimated to be in 594 in the Gregorian calendar.
  • This festival is celebrated on 14 April in Bangladesh and 15 April in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam (Barak Valley) by Bengalis regardless of religious faith.
  • In 2016, UNESCO declared this festivity organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Dhaka as a cultural heritage of humanity.

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