South Asian New Year Festival
The South Asian New Year Festival, or "Pohela Boishakh", is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its 15th year, The South Asian New Year Festival draws over 5,000 people each year.
The South Asian New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, is based on a solar calendar introduced in North India over 400 years ago by the Mogul Emperor Akbar. Corresponding to the harvest and the beginning of the financial year, the new year is a seminal event in South Asian social and cultural life. It is a time of happiness and joy, and for celebrations and feasting. In Central Texas, the rapidly growing South Asian community has enthusiastically kept its traditions alive, sharing its heritage with the community at large.
The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna & more - this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian Culture.