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Colourful celebrations mark Pahela Baishakh 1431

Published : Tuesday, 16 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 110

Colourful celebrations mark Pahela Baishakh 1431

Colourful celebrations mark Pahela Baishakh 1431

Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year 1431, was celebrated across the country with festivity, showcasing the rich cultural values of the Bangalees.

A huge number of people joined the "Nabo Barsho" festivities across the country, particularly in the capital.

Pahela Baishakh is one of the most colorful festivals through which the Bangalees bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year.

On this occasion, people from all walks of life wear traditional Bengali dresses. Young women wear white sarees with red borders and adorn themselves with bangles, flowers, and "tips," while men wear white pyjamas and panjabi or kurta.

The programme of Chhayanat was held at Ramna Batamul at dawn. The traditional Mangal Shobhajatra was brought out from Dhaka University (DU) Fine Arts Faculty premises in the morning.

Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private television channels live broadcasted the programs.

Mangal Shobhajatra was also brought out at divisional, district, and upazila levels to reach the traditional program to the grassroots, as it has earned international recognition. Mangal Shobhajatra was inscribed on UNESCOs Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.

Business communities, especially in rural areas, opened their traditional Halkhata, new account books. On the day, traders also offered sweets to customers.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the countrymen on the eve of Pahela Baishakh.

Different government and non-government organizations, socio-cultural platforms, including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Bangla Academy, Department of Public Libraries, the National Museum, Kabi Nazrul Institute, Copyright Office, National Book Centre, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), the Department of Archives and Library, and Dhaka University, will hold various programs along with seminars, exhibitions, and quiz, essay, and art competitions marking the festival.

Besides, local administrations organized quiz competitions, cultural programs, and folk fairs.

The city people started the day with the traditional breakfast of panta bhat (soaked rice), green chili, onion and fried fish at Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Uddyan, Dhaka University Campus, Rabindra Sarobor at Dhanmondi and other amusement places.

 On the occasion, all museum and archaeological sites were remain open for all while children, students, people with disabilities and autism will be allowed to visit the museum free of cost.

On the occasion, improved traditional food was distributed to jail inmates, patients in hospitals and orphanages.

Bangladesh missions abroad also organised different programmes to welcome the Bengali New Year.







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