Pahela Baishakh (Bengali: পহেলা বৈশাখ) or Bengali New Year (Bengali:
ৈাাংলা নৈৈর্ষ, Bangla Nôbobôrsho), also called Pohela Boishakh, is the
traditional new year day of the Bengali people. It is celebrated on 14 April
as a national holiday in Bangladesh, and on 14 or 15 April in the Indian
states of West Bengal and Tripura and elsewhere by people of Bengali
heritage, irrespective of their religious faith.
Mangal Shobhajatra or Mangal Shovajatra (Bengali: মঙ্গল শশাভাযাত্রা) is a mass
procession that takes place at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year in
Bangladesh. The procession is organised by the teachers and students of the
Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University. The festival is considered an
expression of the secular identity of the Bangladeshi people and as a way to
promote unity. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in
2016, categorised on the representative list as a heritage of humanity.