Nation set to celebrate Pahela Baishakh with enthusiasm

 DHAKA, April 11, 2018 (BSS) РThe country is set to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year 1425, on April 14 (Saturday) upholding the rich cultural values and rituals of the Bangalis to find out their root and march forward to build a prosperous Bangladesh.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to join the “Nabo Barsho” festivities across the country, particularly in Dhaka city.

Pahela Baishakh is one of the most colourful festivals through which the Bangalis 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 will wear white sarees with red borders and adorn themselves with bangles, flowers, and tips, while men wear white pyjamas and panjabi or kurta.

At an inter-ministerial meeting held recently, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor said, “Pahela Baishakh is an integral part of Bangali culture. The Bangalis are celebrating the Pahela baishakh as a universal and non-communal festival for a long period of time, he added.

He said the government will expand the traditional Mongol Shovajarta, a procession brought on the first day of Bengali New Year, to town and village levels to make the tradition more ceremonious and gorgeous.

“We are very proud as ‘Mongol Shovajatra’ got UNESCO recognition as world heritage,” the minister added.

The government has drawn up an elaborate programme. The traditional Mangol Shovajarta will be staged at divisional, district and upazila levels to reach the traditional programme to the grassroots as it earned the international recognition.

However, business communities, especially in the rural areas, are ready to open their traditional ‘Halkhata’, new account books, while sweets will be distributed among customers to mark the day.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages greeting the countrymen on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.

The day is a public holiday. Different national dailies will publish colourful supplements while Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar will air special programmes highlighting the significance of Pahela Baishakh.

Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy has taken a three-day programme to welcome the New Year.

Different government and non-government organizations, socio-cultural platforms including Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Folk Arts and Craft Foundation, Dhaka University have chalked out various programmes to observe the Pahela Boishakh.

The programmes of the day will begin in the city with the musical soiree of Chhayanat, a leading cultural organization of the country at Ramna Batamul at dawn. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels will broadcast live the programme.

Rabindranath Tagore’s famous drama “Chitrangada” will be staged at the Shilpakala Academy on April 13 and 14 on the occasion of the observance of the Bangla Nabobarsho.

Swapnadal, a theatre group, has taken a two-day programme to welcome the Bangla New Year. The programmes include rally, discussion, dance and music.

As part of the two-day programme, artistes, leaders and members of the Swapnadal will attend the Mangal Sovajatra, the traditional procession which will be brought out by teachers and students of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka university.

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

Important buildings and establishments as well as city streets and islands will be illuminated with colourful lights and graffiti are being painted in the walls signifying the arts, culture and heritage of the country.