Poila Baishakh or Bangla Noboborsho, is the Bengali New Year. It usually falls on the 14th or 15th of April on the Gregorian calendar. The Bengali calendar is unique because it derives from both the Hindu and Hijri lunar calendars. This day is celebrated as an auspicious festival marking the beginning of the Bengali year all over West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, and Bangladesh, and we tell you some of the ways you can do the same, too!
Usually, people make a trip to the Kalighat Temple in Kolkata to offer prayers of gratitude for the previous year, and seek blessings from the great Goddess Kali. This is a tradition that lives on among all the Bengalis of the city. People also throng Dakshineswar temple or Belur Math in Howrah. Since you cannot venture out, simply hold a small ceremony at your home honouring Kali ma for the same.