KHULNA Nabanna Utsab', a Bengali festival of
harvesting new crops, was celebrated here yesterday amid festivity and
fervour among the rural people.
Celebration of this festival of bringing new crops home has been celebrated
in this region for centuries and has become an integral part of the tradition
Marking the festival, Department of Agriculture Expansion (DAE) and
Agricultural Training Institute chalked out elaborate programmes that
included bringing out colorful rally in the city, making and distributing
cakes and rice pudding made of newly harvested rice and cultural function.
Agriculturists Kazi Abdul Mannan attended the function as the chief while
Deputy Director of DAE Agriculturist Pankaj Kanti Mojumder presided over the
ceremony. Principal of Agriculture Training Institute Agriculturist Dr S M
Ferdous addressed as special guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Agriculturist Kazi Abdul Mannan said the Nabanna
Utsab is celebrated all over the country as people from towns and cities
gather to join the village people to have the taste of rural atmosphere and
This is a joyous time in the village as the farmers return home with loads
of golden paddy and the women make different types of home-made cakes with
rice flour, to mark the festival.
DD Pankaj said the celebration of the festival of bringing new crops
home has been an inseparable part of the tradition and culture of eternal
A large number of people including district and upazila level officials,
students, agri-officials, social workers, NGO activists and media men took
part in the programmes.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)