Shubho Biju, Shubho Nobo Borsho, Happy Bangla New Year 1420

Chakma’s in the Chittagong Hill Tracts celebrate Biju, at the end of Chaitra, just before the traditional Bangla New Year, the beginning of Baishakh. The Marma’s follow the Burmese tradition and celebrate a few days later. Happy 1420.

Sunrise at Alutila, Khagrachori on 13th April 2013. Bangla New Year 1420
Sunrise at Alutila, Khagrachori on 13th April 2013. Bangla New Year 1420The?

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A goat gets a reluctant holy dip at Marma New Year.1420. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
A goat gets a reluctant holy dip at Marma New Year.1420. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

 
During the Marma New Year celebrations (called Biju by the Chakmas) women throw water at the men they'd like to marry. This looked more like a free for all, with the men throwing water back. 14th April 2013. Khagrachari. Chittagong Hill Tracts. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
During the Marma New Year celebrations (called Biju by the Chakmas) women throw water at the men they’d like to marry. This looked more like a free for all, with the men throwing water back. 14th April 2013. Khagrachari. Chittagong Hill Tracts. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

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