Whether you’re loudly singing Auld Lang Syne or dropping icecream on the floor (it’s a thing in Switzerland), everyone loves a New Year tradition. Lucy Dunne volunteered in Bangladesh with Tearfund Go last year and experienced a Bangladeshi New Year.
It was a warm day in April, I was preparing to celebrate New Year. In Bangladesh, 14 April is Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali calender and a national holiday. My team and I were lucky enough to celebrate Bangladeshi New Year with our host community.
The day started bright and early with a traditional breakfast of panta – rice which has been soaked in water overnight. We were told it was good for digestion (something that we were told about nearly everything we ate in Bangladesh).
Then we got dressed in our New Year’s outfits. My host mum grabbed a pile of safety pins and began to help me put on my shari. Sharis, the traditional dress for Bangladeshi women, consist of a long length of fabric that is wrapped, folded and pinned around the body. For Pohela Boishakh the traditional shari colour is red, along with a handmade flower crown.