Pahela Baishakh is the first day of the Bangla new year. It is a day of great festivity and celebration. Mughal emperor Akbar introduced the Bengali year and also the celebration of Pahela Baishakh. From then on, Pahela Baishakh has become an integral part of Bangali cultural heritage and tradition. People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, creed, religion-celebrate this day with enthusiasm and funfair. In our country, we celebrate this day both in a traditional and modern way. Bengals start the day having ‘ Panta-Bhat’ ( leftover rice soaked in water) and fried Hilsa. It is a day of color. Wearing colorful dresses, people go to the Baishkah Fair or Mela and greet each other. Usually, young men wear white Panjabi, and young women wear white saree with a red border. Many different social-cultural organizations arrange many programs to celebrate this day. Chayanat, a cultural organization, starts its program with the song “Eso hey Baishkh” of Tagore. Newspapers publish special features on this day. Television and radio also broadcast special programs. The main attraction of this day is the “Mangal Shobhazatra.” The students of Dhaka University bring out a procession on this day. People carry many symbolic figures of birds and animals and festoons, placards, banners. The shopkeepers open their new accounts known as Halkhata and offer sweets to their customers and clients. People welcome the new year with the hope that the new year will bring happiness to their life.