Davis, Calif. — The annual Bengali New Year celebration, led by the Anandamela Team of Greater Sacramento, drew a large crowd of Bangladeshi Americans eager to indulge in their cultural heritage at Harper Junior High School April 25.

The Bengali New Year celebration is part of an annual tradition in Davis and provides an opportunity for people from both Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal to celebrate their culture.

The event was a success again this year with great food — including Bengali sweets and ethnic delicacies such as Jhal Muri — music, dance and a great deal of cultural pride.

The women and children stood out among the overflowing crowd in their gold, green and red traditional outfits.

Bengali New Year, or “Pôhela Boishakh,” was officially celebrated April 14 this year.  It ranks behind other religious holiday celebrations in terms of fervor, but remains an important element in Bengali culture. 

Bangladesh is also known as Golden Bengal and is respected worldwide for its growing economy — not only its jute products, but more recently its readymade garments and textiles.

It is an educated nation whose people are making a mark worldwide in the areas of science and technology. Many Bangladeshis today are employed in high-tech companies, along with various other industries in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Calif. region.

This Sacramento area group remains active in all areas of the community, including the Muslim Community of Folsom in Folsom, Calif.  

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