Bangladesh Set to Celebrate Pahela Baishakh Sunday

Bangladesh is gearing up to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year-1431, on Sunday. This vibrant festival upholds the rich cultural values and cherished rituals of the Bangalees. A multitude of people are expected to join the ‘Naba Barsha’ festivities across the country, with particular enthusiasm in the capital city.

Pahela Baishakh marks the transition from the old year to the new, and it’s one of the most colorful and joyous occasions for the Bangalee community. On this auspicious day:

  • People from all walks of life don traditional Bengali attire. Young women don white sarees with red borders, adorned with bangles, flowers, and ‘tips.’ Men opt for white pyjamas paired with panjabi or kurta.
  • The day kicks off in the capital with a musical soiree by Chhayanat, a leading cultural organization, at Ramna Batamul at dawn.
  • The iconic Mangal Shobhajatra, a traditional procession, will wind its way from the Dhaka University Fine Arts Faculty premises in the morning. This vibrant parade has gained international recognition and was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.
  • Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private television channels will live broadcast the day’s programs.
  • Business communities, especially in rural areas, will open their traditional ‘Halkhata’ (new account books) and offer sweets to customers.
  • Various government and non-government organizations, including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Bangla Academy, and others, will host seminars, exhibitions, and competitions to celebrate the festival.
  • Local administrations will organize quiz competitions, cultural events, and folk fairs.
  • City dwellers will start their day with the traditional breakfast of ‘panta bhat’ (soaked rice), green chili, onion, and fried fish at popular spots like Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Uddyan, and Rabindra Sarobor in Dhanmondi.
  • Museums and archaeological sites will remain open, allowing free visits for children, students, people with disabilities, and autism.
  • Improved traditional food will be distributed to jail inmates, hospital patients, and orphanages.
  • Bangladesh missions abroad will also organize various programs to welcome the Bengali New Year.
  • Law enforcement agencies will implement extensive security measures to ensure a safe and joyous celebration for everyone.

Source: New Age BD1

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