West Michigan Bengalis Celebrate New Year

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ADA, Mich.– One culture in West Michigan is wishing each other a Happy New Year this weekend.

The Bengalis are celebrating their New Year, which officially starts this year on Sunday, April 14th.

More than 300 people marked the special day at Ada Christian School. Lunch was provided and consisted of authentic Bengali food, like rice pilaf and fish curry. There were also sweet desserts which are said to serve as a good omen for the coming year. Guests arrived in traditional dress.

“Our New Year is celebrated with lots of music, dance and open markets as well,” said┬áTahmina Sharif of the West Michigan Bengali Community. “We greet each other saying, Pohela Baisakh or Happy Bengali New Year.”

The Bengali New Year is celebrated in the countries of Bangladesh and West Bengal. Organizers say there is a big Bengali population scattered around Michigan in places like Flint, Holland and Lansing.

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4 comments

  • WestMich Bangladeshi

    Yes, West Bengal is a state of India. West Bengal and Bangladesh share a common language og Bengali (aka. Bangla) and culture of Bengali (Bangali).

  • Jeremiah

    I really enjoy the Bengali and Indian culture, traditions, food, and the people's sense of community. This country provides all of us with the ability to sustain many different lifestyles. It is very nice to see that the Bangladeshis and Indians can come together in the celebration of a new year with excitement and tradition, and share this experience with neighboring communities.