KOLKATA: Pohela Baishakh (Bengali New Year) connects all the ethnic Bengalis, it is a very auspicious occasion to the Bengal and Bengalis, and like every other Bengali, Kolkata’s football communite also celebrate the day with great respect in the form of Bar Puja.
Basically the reason behind the Bar Puja is to please the All Mighty God to get success in forthcoming season, goalpost and the ball is worshiped aswell on the occasion. East Bengal usually name their captain for the next season in Bar Puja and like previous years East Bengal did name Guwinder Singh as their new captain during the puja at club ground in the presence of club officials like Debabrata (Nitu) Sarkar, Swapan Bal along with all the footballers of current team and coach Eelco Schattorie. However there was only a handful of supporters can be seen in the East Bengal Ground maybe due to East Bengal’s inconsistance perfomance in I-League.
Meanwhile Bar Puja was held in some other well known clubs of Kokata Maidan aswell including United SC, Bhawanipore FC, Greer Sports Club, Police AC, Aryan Club, Culcutta Customs Club and others.