Bangladeshi Association of Greater Austin presents Bengali New Year Festival
The Bengali New Year is based on a solar calendar introduced over 400 years ago by the Mogul Emperor Akbar. This year's celebration, according to the Bengali calendar, ushers in the year 1425. Traditionally, the day is marked with singing, processions, and fairs. Corresponding to the harvest and the beginning of the financial year for businesses, it is a time of happiness and joy, and an occasion for festivals and feasting.
This City of Austin-sponsored Bengali New Year Festival showcases the historically rich, colorful culture of Bangladesh and recreates the atmosphere of optimism and joy that characterizes this occasion back home. Traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, ethnic dresses, indigenous arts and crafts, open-air performances of Bengali music and dance, and a children's cultural program will be featured at this festival.