Pahela Baishakh celebrated with festivity in Rajshahi

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RAJSHAHI, April 15, 2019 (BSS)- Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year-1426, was celebrated in the city and its adjacent areas with a festive mood and enthusiasm like other parts of the country yesterday.

Children, youths, men, women and activists of the socio-cultural, voluntary and professional organisations wearing traditional dresses came out on the streets after sunrise to welcome the Bengali New Year.

Besides, hundreds of men, women and children, in traditional colourful clothes, thronged Rajshahi College playground, Fudkipara open stage, Shishu Academy, Riverview Collect-orate School playground and other venues especially the bank of the river Padma for celebrations of the occasion.

The programmes of the day heralded in the city by inaugurating a colourful “Mongol Shobhajatra” on Collegiate School premises. Rajshahi district administration arranged the rally.

After parading some of the city streets, the rally ended at the Riverview Collect-orate School premises where a two-day “Baishakhi, Children Amusement Fair”, cultural function and blood donation programme were formally opened.

Divisional Commissioner Noor-Ur-Rahman, Deputy Inspector General of Police
AKM Hafiz Akter, RMP Commissioner Humayun Kabir, Deputy Commissioner SM Abdul
Kader and Superintendent of Police Md Shahidullah were present in the opening
programme.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) arranged a daylong celebration programmes.
Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton attended many of the programmes.

Cultural groups and different organisations including Sammillita
Sangskritik Jote arranged various programmes like musical functions,
colourful marches and street side Baishakhi fairs in the city.

They brought out Baishakhi processions in the city streets carrying
colourful festoons, placards and banners and singing Baishakhi songs, Palli
Geeti, Gambhira, Jarigan, Bhatiali, Baul, Lalon Geeti, Nazrul Geeti and
Rabindra Sangeet and other folk and classical songs.

Baishakhi Melas, cultural functions, staging of dramas, doll-dances, Nagor
Dola, kite flying competitions and discussions meeting were also arranged
throughout the day.

Various other educational institutions including Rajshahi University,
Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi College and
Rajshahi Medical College also celebrated the festival through separate
daylong programmes.

Faculty of Fine Arts in Rajshahi University along with university
administrative officials, brought out a colorful rally titled Mongol
procession around 9:30am in front of the faculty building.

They have also arranged a three day-long programmes of folk songs gambhira
dance, band music and jatra pala at the university Charu Chattar to celebrate
Pahela Baishakh of the Bengali New Year-1426.

Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies adopted all-out tightened security
measures to make the daylong celebration a total success.

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