Naba Barsho or Poila Baisakh (Throughout
The first month of the Bengali calendar, Baishakh, marks the starting of the crop cycle in Bengal. A lot of Bengali weddings are held in this month, and new businesses started.
The first day of this month is called Poila Baisakh is celebrated as the Bengali new year. Chances are, if you step into a store in Calcutta on this day, you'll be offered sweets and maybe the odd gift or two. Traders start the New Year by inaugurating new accounting books.
A few days after noboborsho, on Mahabir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of last and maximum Jain prophets, there are processions of the
Svetamber Sect from Harrison Road to Kalakar Street, and of the Digambar Sect from
Belgachaia to Baisakh Lane.