Today is Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year 1428. For us as a nation, usually, this is the time for finding joy in practising and celebrating age-old Bengali traditions. But it breaks our heart that this year not only all programmes of Baishakhi celebration have been cancelled, but also we are starting the New Year with a countrywide lockdown with strict restriction on mobility due to Covid-19 pandemic. So, this Pahela Baishakh is going to pass us by very differently amidst eerily quiet ambience all around, agonies of sudden death of near and dear ones and the pandemic-induced economic hardship.
The circumstances evoke an ominous feeling, but one of the important parts of Pahela Baishakh celebration is to be optimistic about the future that good will prevail over evil. Therefore, we can hope in the words of Rabindranath Tagore that Baishakh with its ascetic breath will dust away that which is dying, the refuses and remnants of the bygone year would be gone, all weariness and infirmity would be wiped away, and that the earth would gain purity bathed in Baishakh fire.Since that we cannot physically celebrate the occasion the way we have celebrated it in the past, it is all the more important to hold on to the spirit of Pahela Baishakh. So, no matter how difficult or depressing the time is, we must welcome the New Year with a positive mindset. We have bidden goodbye to a painful year 1427. On this very auspicious day of a New Year let us pledge to stand united with a spirit of non-communalism to help each other survive the tough time. Let us wish New Year greetings to all, either known or unknown to us. Let us spread positivity. We also would like to wish all of our readers, advertisers and well-wishers a very happy New Year.
The sun that dawned today is a new one, and it brings new hope. Let us look on the sunny side of life. Shuvo Noboborsho!