Asharh (Bengali: আষাঢ়, Ashaŗh) is the third month of the Bengali calendar and the Nepali system of the Hindu calendar. It is the first of the two months that comprise the wet season, locally known as "Barsha" (Bengali: বর্ষা Bôrsha Nepali: वर्षा Barsha ), when the monsoon winds blow. It is named for the constellation Uttarashadha (Bengali: উত্তরাষাঢ়া Uttôrashaŗha), identified with Sagittarius. It is one of the first five months of the year that have 31 days, according to the Bangladeshi version of the Bengali Calendar. In the Indian version of the Bengali Calendar, the month can have up to 32 days.
The month and the monsoon are welcome with songs, dance, and celebration in Bangladesh. A popular song is Abar Eshechhey Asharh by Rabindranath Tagore, that is playing during this season.
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