Today’s Doodle celebrates Pohela Boishakh of Bengali New Year 1425. The day begins with colorful street festivals mark the start of a new year in the lunisolar calendar. The calendar was originally started by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, who introduced the calendar to facilitate tax collections in the spring—just after the harvest.
Pohela Boishakh is a time to start the new year in a fresh way. People often celebrate the day by cleaning their entire home and decorating it with Alpana, a colorful painting made from rice and flour paste on auspicious occasions. The holiday is celebrated through colorful celebrations and parades for example Dhaka, (the capital of Bangladesh) every year.
In Dhaka, the streets are filled with people who come to take part in the Mangal Shobhajatra procession. The procession was first started in 1989 by the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University in order to symbolize peace and unity regardless of religion, gender, class, or age. The most iconic feature of the processions are the giant, colorful, representations of animals—like the elephant in today’s Doodle J
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
happy bangla new year 1425.
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