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Bengali New Year marked with eight-hour East End festival

PUBLISHED: 17:59 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:08 13 July 2010

THE Bengali New Year is being celebrated in London's East End this Saturday, May 3, in the heart of the Bangladeshi community. The eight-hour celebration being staged at Whitechapel's Brady arts centre begins 2pm.

THE Bengali New Year is being celebrated in London's East End this Saturday, May 3, in the heart of the Bangladeshi community.

The eight-hour celebration being staged at Whitechapel's Brady arts centre begins 2pm.

Naba Barsha (Bengali New Year) marks a new beginning, a new hope, an important cultural event for all the Bengalis celebrated worldwide, to mark the Year 1415.

People clean and decorate their houses, women draw rangolis in front of their house.

Designs are drawn on floors with powdered rice, it is known as Alpana, with an earthen pot decorated in a red and white placed in the centre, filled with pure water and mango leaves which is considered as an auspicious sign symbolising a prosperous year for the family.

The celebration is organised by Udichi Gosthi, whose programme includes a book and poetry fair, music, dance and drama performances by youngsters and well known artists from the UK and abroad.

The free event highlights the richness of Bengali culture where children will learn the history of Bengali art and culture and take part in workshops in creative writing, painting, drama and music.

Udichi Bengali New Year Festival

Time: 2-10pm

Venue: Brady Arts Centre

Address: 192-96 Hanbury-street, Whitechapel, London E1 5HU

Tel 020-7375 3689

www.udichiuk.org


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