Just as some kind of synchronicity, while I just Googled a bit around on Tagore settings, I noticed it’s Tagore’s birthday today…
India remembers: http://www.ddinews.gov.in/videos/people/nation-remembers-rabindranath-tagore-his-birth-anniversary.
An 2011 article from the Financial Times is a great introduction to Tagore: https://www.ft.com/content/077e4dd6-7121-11e0-acf5-00144feabdc0
In Bangladesh, Tagore’s Birthday is an official holiday. Back in 2003 I wondered why this day is not always corresponding with our Western counting, as it was celebrated on 9 May. It appeared that also 7 or 8 May may occur.
The reason is that according to the Bangla calendar Tagore was born on 25 Boishakh 1268. This corresponds with 7 May 1861 on the Western calendar. As these calendars are not fully exchangeable, little defection from the Western counting may occur. And so, in 2013 Tagore’s birthday is celebrated on 8 May.
The twelve months are based on the names of the nokkhotro (lunar mansions), when a particular star or constellation dominates the lunar cycle. The year starts with the month Boishakh, and corresponds with April/May. It is named after the constellation Bishakha, 1), which are the stars α-, β-, and γ-Libra.
(an earlier version of this blogpost was published on 14 May 2003 in Lindosblog)
1. Wikipedia: Bengali calendar
After some days of struggling to convert these pages into a PHP driven Word Press site, I finally succeeded. Though a few subpages still have to be migrated and also some settings have to be improved yet.
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