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Flying Paper Baloon | by Tasfin Atiq
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Flying Paper Baloon

Bengali New or Pôhela Boishakh (পহেলা বৈশাখ), occurring on 14th April, is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in both Bangladesh and Indian state of Bengal,


Boishakhi fairs are arranged in many parts of the country. Various agricultural products, traditional handicrafts, toys, cosmetics, as well as various kinds of food and sweets are sold at these fairs. The fairs also provide entertainment, with singers and dancers staging jatra (traditional plays), pala gan, kobigan, jarigan, gambhira gan, gazir gan and alkap gan. They present folk songs as well as baul, marfati, murshidi and bhatiali songs. Narrative plays like Laila-Majnu, Yusuf-Zulekha and Radha-Krishna are staged. Among other attractions of these fairs are puppet shows and merry-go-rounds. [[Image:Panta iLish .jpg|thumb|left|240px|Panta Ilish - a traditional platter of leftover rice soaked in water with fried Hilsa, supplemented with dried fish (Shutki), pickles (Achar), lentils (dal), green chillies and onion - a popular dish for the Pohela Boishakh festival. The most colourful New Year's Day festival takes place in Dhaka.


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Taken on April 13, 2012