Google Doodle celebrates Pahela Baishakh

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.Google's new Doodle Friday featured a parade of colorful banners in the shape of an owl, tiger and the sun, in celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali calendar, reports

It mentioned that the revelry in the Doodle depicts the annual ‘Mangal Shobhajatra’ procession through the country's capital Dhaka. During the parade, colorful masks of tigers, owls and other creatures native to Bangladesh are hoisted above the celebrating crowds. Although each animal has its own symbolic meaning, collectively they are said to inspire courage and promote peace, according to Google.

The festival is one of celebrations, but Pohela Boishakh has pragmatic beginnings.
It began with Mughal emperor Akbar, who developed the Bengali calendar over 400 years ago as he extended Mughal control over much of what is now modern day Bangladesh. Originally the new calendar was intended as a way to instigate uniform tax collection across the land.

To this day on Pohela Boishakh, Bengali accountants close their books on the old year and usher in the new one, said the report.
“Shubho Noboborsho! (Happy New Year!)”

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