DHAKA, Feb 12, 2019 (BSS) – Pahela Falgun, a festival welcoming the advent
of spring, will be celebrated across the country specially in the capital
tomorrow with wearing yellow dresses, flower-made ornaments and holding
traditional musical functions.
Bangalees mark the spring festival on the first day of Bengali month of
Falgun. It is also called Basanta Utsab.
Festival loving people in Dhaka are now busy to take preparations to
welcome the advent of spring in a befitting manner. City markets are seen
overcrowded with purchasers buying colorful panjabees and sharees and other
traditional dresses ahead of the festival.
Different brands of garment products, shoes and ornaments are also giving
special offer for customers on the eve of the festival. Newspapers have been
also publishing special supplements for the last couple of days carrying the
message of the festival.
Thousands of people specially the youths across the country will welcome
the arrival of spring with attiring colorful “bashonti” (yellow or orange
colored) dresses particularly yellow or red panjabees and sharees and
presenting flowers to their soul mates as a token of their profound love
bringing joys in life.
Clad in yellow attires with brunches of flowers in the hair bun and hands,
hundreds of young girls and boys will throng the Bakultala on the premises of
Fine Arts Faculty at Dhaka University (DU), the centre point of the festival
to celebrate spring, singing songs, reciting poems and dancing. Ramna Park,
Rabindra Sarobar and Hatirjheel draws a huge crowd on that day.
The entire DU campus including Teachers-Students Centre (TSC), Arts
Faculty, Curzon Hall, University Mall (Mall Chattar) and the compound of Amar
Ekeushy Granthamela turns into the best place to hang out with friends,
family members and beloved ones on the day.
Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad has been arranging the main
programme of the day for around two decades. The parishad is arranging
different programmes including rendering songs and recitation of poems except
The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair is expected to draw a huge crowd as
the book-loving people will throng the fair on the very special day with
their friends and family members.
Since morning, Suhrawardy Udyan, Ramna Park, Dhanmondi Lake, Rabindra
Sarabar and other amusement places and recreation centers will see a rush of
festival loving people.
As spring has arrived with blossom of flowers and new leaves in trees,
nature is getting fresh and colorful shape that touches heart and minds of
all ages of people.
The spring has been depicted as the king of all seasons in poetry for its
extra-ordinary beauty of nature. After the dryness of winter, new leaves
start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colorful
flowers like Shimul, Polash and Marigold denoting the message of arrival of
spring. In nature, it is considered that “Krishnachura” flower brings the
message of arrival of spring.
“O Wind, If Winter comes, can spring be far behind?” English romantic poet
Percy Bysshe Shelley described the arrival of spring in his famous poem ‘Ode
to the West Wind’.
In his another poem he wrote: “And the spring arose on the garden fair/Like
the Spirit of Love felt everywhere, And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark
breast/Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest”.
Everything in nature gives an impression of youthfulness or freshness as
if the nature takes a new birth. Colorful flowers, melody of birds or mild
touch of the sunshine – everything will make you feel that springtime is the
The festival-loving people in the country welcome and celebrate the day
with great joys and love and in a colourful manner. The blazing red and
yellow are the representative colours of Pohela Falgun as Bangalees embellish
themselves with these two (yellow or red) primary colors to welcome the
arrival of spring.