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Happy New Year (1425)!

Written by Antje on April 17th 2018 22:14

Last Saturday, April 14, we celebrated the new year—1425—here. This was a big celebration! Here in a land where Muslims, Hindus and Christians live side by side, is this a celebration everyone can celebrate together. And this is done to the fullest! Traditionally this is a celebration in which the Bengali culture is celebrated. The colors red and white are prominent in the dress code. 
 
We started the day with a march. In previous years the banner that was held was made by hand, but this time it was printed. I found it  a little less beautiful!
 
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Ready for the march!  If you look carefully you’ll see that the next generation is much longer than the previous generation!
 
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With loud music and beating drums we walk in  procession.
 
Er was There was room for a dance!
 
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Then there was “Pantha Bhat “ -rice soaked in water overnight making it slightly fermented-. Historically, rice was cooked this way and then saved for breakfast.
 
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In the afternoon there was an “open podium “ where mostly children could dance and sing. 
 
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 And there was definitely a large audience!
 
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Also we as foreigners could sing a song. We tried as much as possible to let our mother tongue be heard.
 
All in all this was a full day, but also very nice. It was especially good to see how our staff and their families enjoyed the day.