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Festivities mark Pahela Falgun celebrations

Published : Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 492

Spring is given a warm welcome with songs and dances at Bakultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University on Wednesday, the first day of Bangali month of Falgun.	Photo: mukut mahmud

Spring is given a warm welcome with songs and dances at Bakultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University on Wednesday, the first day of Bangali month of Falgun. Photo: mukut mahmud

Pahela Falgun, the first day of Spring in the Bengali month of Falgun, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday in a festive mood with young girls and boys joining various functions wearing yellow dresses. Falgun is the eleventh month in the Bengali calendar and the first month of the season, Spring, the king of all the six seasons that brings back warm sunshine, budding flowers and chirping of birds.

The first day of Falgun is known as Pahela Falgun and usually falls on February 13 of the Gregorian calendar. After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with colourful flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold.

Falgun brings joy and colour both to nature and life. Everything in nature gives an impression of youthfulness and freshness, as if the nature takes a new birth. The festival-loving Bangladeshi people welcomed and celebrated the day with great joy, gaiety and in festive mood. Girls dressed in 'bashonti' (yellow or orange) coloured saris, while boys wearing colourful panjabis welcomed the Falgun. Dhaka University's (DU)'s Fine Arts Faculty was the centre of the Spring festival.

Besides, different socio-cultural organisations held various programmes in the capital and elsewhere to celebrate the day.
Meanwhile, the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Wednesday drew a huge crowd as book lovers in colourful dresses thronged the fairground at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan as part of their participation in the seasonal festivity of Pahela Falgun Hundreds of people, mostly youths clad in colourful saris and punjabis thronged the Dhaka University campus where Paleha Falun was greeted by organising Basanto Ustab programme.

After welcoming Pahela Falgun the book lovers' streamed into the fairground as the day took a festive look on the first day of Spring season.
Lutfor Rahman Chowdhury publisher of Sondesh Prokashini said, "We are expecting more sales than on usual days as a huge crowd descended on fairground on the occasion of Pahela Falgun.    
He was expecting yet another bumper sale today (Thursday), as youths usually throng book fair as part their Valentine's Day celebration.
Security personnel were seen struggling to manage the crowd. The visitors needed to fight their way through the archways. Most of the visitors coming out of the fair were found carrying bags full of books.

Mukta Sikder, a Masters student of political Science came to Dhaka University from Narayanganj to celebrate Pahela Flagun with classmates, friends and teachers. Later they went to the fairground along with her friends to buy books for their loved ones ahead of the Valentine's Day.
Mahbubur Rahman, a salesman of Tamrulipi Prokasoni, said the crowd on the Valentine's Day demand romantic novels and poems by different poets and writers. Humayun Ahmed's titles are also in high demand.

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