Pune: The New Year festivals - Vishu, celebrated in Kerala, and Nobo Borso, observed in West Bengal - were celebrated in the city on Sunday with festive fervour. The day marks the beginning of the new year according to the Malayali and Bengali calenders.
Mohan Chandra from Oikyotan Bangiya Parishad, a Bengali community in Pimple Saudagar, said that ‘Nobo Borso’ is the most auspicious day for any Bengali.“On this day, Bengalis celebrate with music, dance, and get-togethers. Our community has arranged a great event where famous Bangla singers are invited to give our ‘probashi bangalis’ (Bengalis outside Bengal) a nostalgic ride to Bengal,” he said.
He added that plays and narrations of Rabindranath Tagore are the highlights of such celebrations.
Major Mathew, who is from Kerala and resides in Pune and holds the post of vice president of Sevikasangham, said, “On first day of Vishu, known as Medam, is a time to spend a joyous time with family and friends. We go to Ayyappan temple to seek his blessings and also witness the golden blossoms of the laburnum tree, money, silver items and rice and revel in the festival. It is basically a ‘thali’ setting consisting of items such like rice, golden cucumber, golden lemon, jackfruit, coconut, betel leaves, mirror, areca nut, golden yellow ‘konna’ flowers, oil lamps, Hindu texts, currency notes and an image of the Vishnu.”