Apologies for my meager cell phone photos which don’t quite capture the vivid visuals of this great event. Last weekend was the annual Bangladeshi New Year celebration – Boishakhi Mela 1417. Eco-village blog previewed the event here.
As a tall American of mostly German ancestry, I felt very much like an outsider at an event with a couple thousand folks from Bengladesh and probably less than a couple dozen non-Bengladeshis. There were a few gabachos (like me) and a few Latinos and Koreans who were also enjoying checking things out.
People were very friendly and welcoming… but I nonetheless felt a bit self-conscious… and though there were a lot of beautifully dressed women of all ages wearing traditional garb, I didn’t get that many photos, because I felt like it might be unwelcome for me to interrupt folks and ask them if they would pose for me. Next year perhaps I should bring a better camera.