Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Baisakhi 2010: SMS and Greetings for the Festival

It is time for new year in many parts of South Asia. It is the time of Baisakhi Festival 2010. It is perhaps the biggest festival for Sikh people in India and also in Pakistan. Of course, at the same time, people of other religions and other states observe the day as new year in different names.
As for Baishakhi SMS, visit this entry: Baisakhi SMS and greetings
In my own country Bangladesh, we will celebrate Naba Barsha or Pohela Boishakh tomorrow (14 April 2010). For Sikhs, it is a religious festival but for Bengalis, the day is considered to be a festival that binds people of all religions. The same can be said about the Bengali people in West Bengal, Assam and Tripura. In the last few years, people of Bengali origin celebrate Baishakhi Mela in London.
This time, even in Pakistan, the Sikhs are celebrating Baisakhaki in a grand manner.
In Indian state of Assam, it is time of Rongali Bihu while in Nepal, it marks the beginning of the new year. People in Sri Lanka celebrate the time as new year and also in Thailand.
Thus, Baisakhi festival has a huge potential to become a Pan-Asian festival if the decision makers of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand could sit together and decide to celebrate it in really a grand way.  

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