Nation being celebrating Pahela Baishakh

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Dhaka, Apr 14: The country is being celebrating Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year 1425, on 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 including students are being celebrating the “Nabo Barsho” amid festive mood across the country, particularly in Dhaka city.

Students of Fine Arts faculty under the Dhaka University brought out ‘Mangal Shovajatra’, a procession brought on the first day of Bengali New Year, in the 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.

The UNESCO has recognized  ‘Mongol Shovajatra’ as world heritage.

The government has drawn up an elaborate programme.

The traditional Mongol Shovajatra was brought out 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 issued separate messages greeting the countrymen on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.

In separate messages on the eve of Pahela Baishakh-1425, they wished peace, happiness and prosperity of the people and the country in the New Year.

The President, in his message, said Bangla Nababarsha is a universal and non-communal cultural festival of the Bengali nation for a long.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the nation starts the first day of Bengali New Year with the hope of progress of life forgetting all shortcomings and sorrows.

She wished that the Bengali New Year 1425 would bring happiness, peace and progress for the country.

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, Jatiya Press Club and Dhaka Reporters Unity have chalked out various programmes to observe the Pahela Baishakh.

The programmes of the day bgeun 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 live broadcast the programme.

Rabindranath Tagore’s famous drama “Chitrangada” was staged at the Shilpakala Academy today and it will be staged tomorrow on the occasion of the observance of the Bangla Nabobarsho.

On the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi has taken various programmes including music, dance and drama.

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.