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On this day, people wear new clothes, clean their houses, and decorate them with alpana (traditional patterns made with rice paste). The day begins with a procession called the “Mangal Shobhajatra,” where people carry colourful masks and float through the streets. Traditional dishes such as panta bhaat (fermented rice), ilish bhaji (hilsa fish curry), and pitha (rice cakes) are prepared and shared among family and friends.