Dhaka, April 15 -- It was a Sunday with a difference. On the first day of Bangla New Year 1426, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi wore a festive look.

Children, in coulourful dress, women in red-bordered sari and men in pyjama-punjabi greeted each other with Shubho Naboborsho in celebrations of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, said the High Commission on Monday.

This has been an ancient tradition of the Bangalees since Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced it in 1556 to facilitate tax collection in the harvesting season.

It was a day of music, dance, Mangal Shobhajatra and enjoying the traditional Bangla food as the Delhi mission joined the compatriots at home and all over the world to welcome the day with Rabindranat...