Bengali New Year’s Day celebrated

Thousands of people in Bangladesh capital Dhaka join "Mangal Shovayatra", the procession for prosperity as a part of celebration of Bengali New Year on April 14.

DHAKA, Bangladesh— The Bengali nation celebrated the Pahela Baishakh (New Year’s day) on April 14 amidst festivity and much fanfare throughout the country to welcome the Bengali year 1419.

The  Bangla  calendar  was  first  introduced  by  the Mughal Emperor Akbar ( 1556-1605AD)  to keep tract of  the  tax collection time in line with the  harvesting season.

Pahela Baishakh was also celebrated by the Bengali community living in the neighbouring India and other parts of the world.

In the capital city of Dhaka, various socio-cultural groups arranged colorful programs to celebrate the occasion. The core celebration of the festivity begun after sunrise with the welcome song ‘Esho hey Baishakh esho esho’ at Ramna green Chhayanaut, a leading cultural organization, presented the musical soiree during morning hours.

In  the  city, Ramna green, Suhrawardy Udyan, shahbagh, Shishu academy and Press Club area  wore  the festive  look  with  presence  of  thousands of people throughout  the day.

Women in colourful saris and men in punjabi and pyjama swarmed the Ramna Batamul, Suhrawardy Udyan, Shahbagh and Dhaka University campus early in the morning to celebrate Pahela Boisakh, a festival for all irrespective of caste and color.

Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University brought out Mangal Shobhajatra, a colourful procession for national prosperity, from the institute gate in the morning.

Besides, cultural functions were held at Ramna Udyan, Institute of Fine Arts and elsewhere in the capital.

Artists render welcome song at the Pahela Baishakh celebration function at Ramna Green in Bangladesh capital Dhaka on April 14.

Bangla Academy organised Boishakhi Mela at its premise marking the day. Besides, different business organisations along with cultural organisations arranged open-air concert performed by leading artists of the country at Dhaka University campus and elsewhere in the city.

According to traditional practices, villagers prepared special food stuff or sweets to entertain their relatives and guests.  It is still customary to clear all dues on the last day of the last Bengali month, Chaitra, with businessmen opening “Halkhata” or a new book of accounts in their shops on this occasion.

Traditional Baishakhi fair was also organized at villages and cities across the country on the day. Small traders in their makeshift shops displayed handicraft items, children’s toy and decoration pieces adding attraction to the festivity.

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