Festivities usher in Pahela Falgun
Published : Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 102
Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring-the king of the seasons-resplendent with warm sunshine, blooming flowers and chirping birds, was celebrated in the city as elsewhere across the country on Tuesday.
People of all walks of lives thronged the popular public hangouts in the city including Dhaka University campus to celebrate the day in a colourful and festive mood with young girls and boys joining various functions wearing eye-catching dresses.
As the dawn broke, women wearing yellow saris, bedecked with assortment of flowers and men, dressed in traditional yellow and red punjabis, poured on to the streets to celebrate the day.
The springtime flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold featured prominently in the headgears worn by the women, draped in 'Bashanti' clothing - mostly in different hues ofyellow, orange and red.
Crowd gathered at Ramna Park, Dhaka University campus, Charukala Institute, TSC, Public Library, Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Uttara, and Mirpur to celebrate the day with songs and traditional Bengali dances.
According to the Bengali calendar, Falgun is the eleventh month when the trees shed their leaves to dress themselves in new ones while flowers sprinkle a riot of colours in the canopy of green to announce the arrival of the last of the six seasons of the Bengali calendar.
After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to sprout again and the nature adorns the branches with colorful flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold.
Clad in yellow, orange and other light colours that symbolises the Bangla season Bashanto (Spring), the people welcome the season with a myriad of flowers, poems, songs and dances. The season spreads through the next month, Chaitra, the last month of the Bengali year.
Like previous years, with the slogan of 'Eso Mili Praner Utsabe', Jatiya Basanta Utsab Udjapan Parishad arranged Basanta Utsab-2024 at Bakultala of Fine Arts Faculty on the DU campus to mark the traditional Bengali event.
Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad had been arranging the main programmes of the day for around two decades.
The day started with playing of guitar by Dipon Sarker followed by raga 'Ahir Bhairab' presented by Priyanka Gomes in accompaniment of dance by Parvez and Sushanta and the programme was rounded up by the recitation of Basanta poems by eminent artiste Syed Hasan Imam.
Besides, different socio-cultural organisations chalked out various programmes in the capital and elsewhere to celebrate the day.
Basanta Utsab Udjapan Parishad general secretary Manzer Chowdhury Sweet said, "We celebrate Basanta Utsob with the aim of building strong bonding among urban people".
Dhaka University has always been the cultural heartbeat of the city, hence it is the venue for all cultural celebration, and Pahela Falgun this year is no different.
The campus especially Bakultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts became the meeting place of thousands of colourful hearts of the city on the occasion of Pahela Falgun.
Thousands of young men and women gathered from the morning and celebrated the day singing songs, reciting poems and dancing.
The entire DU campus and the Ekushey Boi Mela premises become the focal point to hang out with friends, family members and loved ones.
Wearing colorful dress including sari and adorn with ring of of flower on the head, Marium Hasan, a student of DU came to the university campus to celebrate the Pahela Falgun.
She said, "We along with friends are celebrating Pahela Falgun on the Dhaka University as the place is the main cultural spots in the city".
In the evening, cultural programmes also held at Dhanmondi Rabindra Sarabar, Bahardur Shah Park and Uttara in the city to celebrate the Pahela Falgun.