Pahela Falgun or First Day of Spring



Pohela Falgun first day of Spring of Bengali month Falgun, of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orrisa. The first of Falgun usually falls on 13 February of the Gregorian calendar this day is marked with colorful celebration and traditionally, women wear yellow saris to celebrate this day. Winter is the time of hibernation; a long, deep sleep for many animals through the harsh weather. The end of winter, therefore, marks the awakening of nature; new leaves bloom out on trees, flowers blossom and bees hover around in search of nectar, as new life is injected in the air, and all the gloom and mist of winter is left behind. Though such an image may not be very relevant in a city as mechanized as Dhaka, but the citizens of the 'concrete jungle' have sure found a way to metaphorically express the advent of spring.

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A Colorful Festival Of Beautiful Bangladeshalgun’ is the eleventh month in the Bengali  Calendar, and the first month of the season ‘Spring’, the king of all six seasons. The first of Falgun is known as “Pohela Falgun” and usually falls on the 13th February of the Gregorian Calendar. ‘Pohela Falgun’ is marked with a colorful celebration of the advent of Spring. It symbolizes the festival of color, Falgun brings joys and colors both in nature and life. After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the brunches with new colorful flowers like Shimul, Polash, Marigolds. Especially the ‘Krishnachura’ (gold mohar) brings the news of spring first.

Pahela Falgun or the First Day of Spring:
Has grown in size and fervour immensely over the last decade or so. It's safe to say it is not one of the oldest celebrations, especially in the city, but it has found character and expanded very quickly to become a major festivity. As with most traditional Bangalee festivals, it too has its epicentre at the heart of Dhaka University. The Faculty of Fine Arts, fondly called Charukala, is the place to be on this day. However, this year, the Jatiyo Boshonto Utshab Udjapon Parishad (JBUUP) decided to decentralise the celebration, rightly anticipating the pressure of people at the small venue that is the Bokultala of Charukala. Apart from the prime venue, Dhanmondi's Rabindra Sorobor and the Bahadur Shah Park in Old Dhaka.
As people dressed in yellow, ochre and various other bright colours began to gather at the Bokultala, a sweet melody in esraj welcomed them, performed by Akram Hossain. Gradually, choral songs, solos, recitation and group dance performances ushering in the spirit of Spring in all its bursting exuberance was soaked in by an expectant audience. The afternoon session at Bokultala featured solo and group dance and music performances and recitation of poems, and a dance-drama by Shadhona, while the afternoon sessions held at Rabindra Sorobor and Bahadur Shah Park featured group dances, solo and choral songs.
But the music, dance and poems were just the accessories for an enhanced experience, as people of all ages and classes walked out today to breathe in the fresh air of a new season. It’s easy to get alienated from nature in the busy metropolitan life, so to celebrate a bright episode of nature is always a special feeling. The celebration gives us a chance to connect to the brightness and freshness of spring, through the beautiful music and poetry written on the season.