When I hear the word Boishakhi, I feel energised and want to shout “Shubo Noboborsho” (happy Bengali New Year). But is it appropriate for me to do so? Why am I asking this question?
I have encountered discussions and read numerous references regarding Boishakhi’s originality, but the debate has never been resolved. Still, we discuss the present, and I am confident that we will continue to discuss this issue in the foreseeable future.
According to some sources, the festival was a tradition introduced in Bengal during the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar to time the tax year to the harvest.
Shamsuzzaman Khan and Nitish Sengupta state that the history of the Bengali calendar is unclear. Shamsuzzaman claims that a Muslim king or sultan introduced it because it was named Bangla Shon or Shaal, both of which have Arabic and Persian roots. However, as per Sengupta’s research, regardless of who accepted it or when the new year began, it facilitated the collection of land taxes following the spring harvest.
Regardless of all the debate, argument, and philosophy, I would like to go out and commemorate the Bengali new year, which is currently celebrated globally. I want to be a part of that and spread my roots and cultural heritage around the world. Also, I’d like to wish Eid Mubarak to the entire Muslim community on behalf of Cinebuzz Times.