Pohela Boishakh is just around the corner. While you adorn yourselves in beautiful red and white sarees or panjabis, why not take this time and add a touch of festivity to your homes as well?
With our rich culture, it does not take much to give our homes the Bengali twist. Read on to find out how you can decorate your home this Pohela Boishakh and create a stunning atmosphere for your guests.
Light it up!
Candles are an ideal addition to any home – it instantly changes the climate of an ordinary room. You can use scented candles to add a touch of freshness to your home. On the off chance that you need something more appealing than candles, you can also go for lamps and hang them to make a comfortable spot where guests can sit and unwind.
Use earthen pots
The highlight of any Bengali event is the dining table and the Boishakhi lunch or dinner spread is a significant part of the occasion. You can convey the Boishakhi spirit to your dining table by using clay utensils for your dawat rather than the standard china or porcelain. Broadly accessible in Aarong, these utensils are a simple and inexpensive choice. Banana leaves can be utilized as place mats to give an incredible impact. They can be sourced from nearby local markets and cut and molded as wanted.
Comfortable seating arrangement
We Bengalis love to lounge around after a delicious meal and enjoy adda with our friends and family. If you have lots of guests coming in and not enough space, forget the chairs and sofas. You can easily create a comfortable seating arrangement by using a blanket. Cover it up with a traditional handicraft bed sheet and pillows to make it cozy and comfortable for your friends and relatives. You can also substitute the blanket with shitol paati, along with some cushions or pillows with frilly covers in bold colours.
Add some colours with traditional alponas
The traditional Bengali art form of making white designs on the floor is your safest bet for any occasion. Draw traditional alponas at the entrance to greet visitors with a splash of color. If there are little ones at home, you can involve them in the activity too to make it more enjoyable. However, make sure you use colours that would be easy to wash off, once Pohela Boishakh is over.
Add some flowers
You can use an earthy, rustic terracotta pot as a flower vase with marigolds, tube roses and jasmines. Put one of these vases with such fragrant flowers as a centrepiece and there's no need for artificial air fresheners. You could also try adding floral arrangements to your home décor. They are sure to spruce up your home for the Pohela Boishakh celebration.