With the hope of keeping and upholding the present sprit of secular Bangladesh, different socio-cultural organisations, in collaboration with district administrations, have taken massive preparations to celebrate "Pahela Baishakh", the first day of Bengali New Year 1423, today with much enthusiasm and traditional gaiety.
MOULVIBAZAR: Thousands of people are expected to join the "Nababarsha" festivities in the district.
Different socio-cultural organisations and government institutions have drawn up elaborate programmes like musical functions, colourful marches, cultural functions and street side Baishakhi fairs in the town as elsewhere across the district to welcome the Bengali New Year.
However, business communities, especially in the rural areas, are ready with their traditional 'Halkhata', new account books to welcome the New Year.
Banglar Utsab Udjapan Parishad, Moulvibazar with participation of different social and cultural organisations including Uttaron Khelaghor Asor, Drubatara Lolitakala Academy, Satposwar Sangeet Bidyapit, Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad, Bandhusova, Nari Cell, and Udichi Shilpi Gusti, have chalked out programmes to observe the day on the Press Club and Red Crescent premises in the district town.
Besides, Moulvibazar Pourashava, Sangskriti Karmi Sangsad-Moulvibazar, Bangladesh National Society for Blind of Moulvibazar, Radio Pallikanto, Shilpakala Academy etc will separately organise programmes at different areas in the town to celebrate Pahela Baishakh.
Describing the Pahela Baishakh utsab (festival) as the only utsab that brings Bangalee people under a shed irrespective of cast and creed and religion, Johor Lal Datta, convener of Banglar Utsab Udjapan Parishad of Moulvibazar, said the programmes of Pahela Baishakh will symbolise people's struggle against evil forces to establish a modern and liberal Bangladesh and uphold the strength of Muktijuddha (freedom fighting).
Calling upon all to join the programmes, Md Kamrul Hasan, deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar, wished a healthy, wealthy and peaceful life of the people of the district in the days to come on the occasion.
Members of different law-enforcing agencies- police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and detective police will take adequate security measures at almost all gathering places in the district town and elsewhere in the district for smooth celebration of Pahela Baishakh.
"Tight security measures will be taken in and around all key gathering points in the district town and other places of the district to celebrate Bengali New Year in a peaceful manner", said Md Shah Jalal, superintendent of police.
PIROJPUR: Elaborate programmes have been chalked out by 54-member celebration committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Md. Khairul Alam Sheikh.
Government officials, public representatives, professionals, civil society people, socio-cultural organisations, business community and voluntary organisations are working in a body to celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner.
An advisory committee headed by local Member of Parliament AKMA Awal has also been formed.
A seven-day long Baishakhi Mela will be arranged on the local Government Boys' High School premises. Handicrafts, cottage industries products, pottery products, homemade food items and toys will be the main attraction. A colourful rally will also be brought out in the town.
Other programmes include rural cultural shows, games, folk songs, drama, dances, circus, toys, poppet show and discussion meeting.
At the advent of Bangla New Year, festive mood is prevailing at academic institutions, trade and business circles, cultural organisations and other strata of the society.
Besides, appropriate security measures have been taken by the authority concerned to ensure peaceful celebration of the festival in the district.