Bengali New Year in Kensington

(Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Bangladeshis and other Kensington residents marked Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year, at the Avenue C Plaza on April 14 with a magic show, parade and performance by the all-women Brazilian drumline FogoAzul NYC of Brooklyn.

Zainab Iqbal writes in Bklyner:

“Shubho Noboborsho,” which means Happy New Year, was celebrated in Kensington and put together by Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), which also celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding in NY. Jill Reinier is a parent coordinator at P.S. 230 and the project manager at Singing Winds, which is a storytelling series featuring folklore from diverse Kensingtonians. Reinier also makes dance masks for BIPA to use in performances and helped organize the event.


On Bengali New Year, homes are decorated with Alpana art – colorful motifs done by hands and paint. People donned beautiful saris and kurtas. Women of all ages decorated their hair with flowers and wore gold jewelry.

For more on the celebration, including photos and video, go to Bklyner.

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