With traditional song and dance, prayer and poetry, fashion and food, the Bangladeshi South Puget Sound community celebrated the Bengali New Year on Saturday.
About 250 people, young and old, attended a cultural program at the Kent Senior Activity Center.
The Bengali New Year – also called Pohela Boishakh – is celebrated worldwide, particularly in Bangladesh and several states of India by 250-plus million Bengalis.
The new year on the Bengali calendar, 1422, started on April 14. Celebratory events, such as the one in Kent, are symbolic of leaving the old year behind. Connecting the past to the present is important to the Bangladeshi.
The evening was filled with traditional music, dancing, food, clothing, jewelry merchandise and souvenirs.