Subo Nobu Bosho - Happy New Year
The new year in Bangladesh is ultimately synchronized with the environment, based on the cycle of the monsoon season, the harvest time, and the return of the Sun and its power to renew the land and dry out the rains.
In this spirit, the last 24 hours met the expectations of the Bangladeshis perfectly. Late in the evening, we experienced a burst of rain and thunder and lightning that lasted a mere hour. Today we were greeted by the burning sun of the new year. It was seen as a sign of good fortune from both Allah (God) and the pantheon of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses in this land of tolerance of diversity in faith. It also made today a great day to be witness to the happy smiles of the Bangladeshi people and the international soldiers deployed here to train with them.
Beside that, I met a couple of monkeys, watched a snake charmer as he interacted with two Cobras, danced with a witnessed many traditional dances performed by children and saw the beautiful dress of men and women in their decorative gracing of the new year.