The Six Seasons of Bengal

6 members of the Anamika Cultural group standing and sitting outdoors with a wooden musical instrument and brightly colored painted animal-shaped card banners

Has this ever happened to you: you picked up a mango, you smelt it and you got a little flashback from your childhood? Perhaps you remembered enjoying a mango with your grandparents back home that had that same fragrance? Ever wondered how your parents must feel if they migrated from back home? Usually, the two things that people who have migrated from a different country have in common are their nostalgia and their memories of the place they migrated from. 

Celebrating Bengali New Year brings back these sorts of memories for many people who spent a part of their lives growing up in a different country and also learning to sing and dance and recite poetry in their languages to express their culture and heritage.  

Bengali New Year is celebrated around 14 April every year on the 1st day of Boishakh, the first month of the Bengali Summer ‘Grishsho’. This is also when the mangoes start to grow! 

The rotation of the six seasons in Bangladesh is very diverse as each season comes into our lives with a variety of flowers, fruits and crops. The natural beauty of these seasons is such that many Bengali poets, including Rabindranath Thakur, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Jibanananda Das, have written poems and songs to depict the beauty of all the seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, Late Autumn, Winter and Spring. 

According to some sources, the current Bengali Calendar owes its origin in Bengal to the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who adopted it to time the tax year to the harvest. The Bangla year was thereafter called Bangabda. This year, in April, we started the Bangabda (year) 1428. 

This year the Anamika Cultural Group chose the theme ‘The six seasons of Bangladesh’ to celebrate the Bengali New Year 1428. We hope you enjoy our presentation of the colours, music and dances about the six seasons in Bangladesh.   

Here is the link to our programme: https://youtu.be/8tHXsS2YKh4 

Ferdousi Hoque 

On behalf of Anamika Cultural Group 

24th June 2021 

We are sharing this as part of South Asian Heritage Month (18 July – 17 August) – look out for more blog post throughout the month.