*Summer in West-Bengal*
As human life changes, nature changes herself from winter to spring, from spring to summer from summer to rains and so on. In this cyclic order of change in seasons generally Baisakh and Jaistha are considered two summer months in Bengal. To us summer is the first season. It comes at the beginning of the Bengali New Year and covers the month of April and may.
With the appearance of summer we observe remarkable changes in nature. The sun emits scorching fire. People are to suffer from unbearable heat. The earth gets very dry and cracks are seen here and there. Ponds and Wells dry up. Trees and plants wither and become colorless. Nature looks very poor and lifeless. There is scarcity of drinking water in the villages and urban areas. People are attacked with diseases like Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery. The farmers are in dejected mood and invoke the rain god. Violent storms occasionally break out and cause great damage.
In summer, there are vacations in schools and colleges. . There are heavy rushes of people in Darjeeling, Nainital, Simla for passing summer days in those hill stations. The summer in West-Bengal is best known for Poila Baishakh and Panchise Baisakh. The first day of Baihakh is the beginning of the New Year. It is a great day of festival to the Bengalese. We celebrate the birthday of our great poet Tagore on Panchise Baishakh. In Bengal summer is the season of palatable fruits. Mangoes, Lichis, Jackfruits are available in summer.
* Winter in West-Bengal *
Winter is the most favorite season in West-Bengal. It is the fifth season. It comes after late autumn; its span is for two months - from Middle of December to Middle of February. It is cold, but not so cold as it is cold in other states like North Bihar, UP, Delhi, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh atc.
The misty mornings of winter make us lazing in bed. The sun rises through the foggy weather. Nature looks very dull and lifeless. The villages are colder than urban areas.
The rich people wear warm clothes to keep off the cold. It is the poor who are the worst sufferers. They can't buy warm clothes. They used to light fires and sit around it to warm them. The farmers are, however, happy. Paddy is harvested in this season.
Winter is the season of abundance. Markets overflow with green vegetables, fishes and fruits. The lovely white cauliflowers, green cabbages, golden oranges make our mouth water, winter has her floral charm too. The Chrysanthemums, the Dahlias and the Marigolds are the flowers of the season. As nature smiles with flowers and vegetables, the young folk move out of doors towards picnic spots.
Winter is full of festivals. The Nabanna, Pousparvan, Saraswati Puja, Christmas- all fall in this season. It is the season of Cricket, the game of the kings! The Zoo, the Botanic, the Museums are overcrowded at this time.