RAJSHAHI, Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year-1424, is being celebrated in the city and its adjacent areas since this morning with a festive mood and enthusiasm.
Ignoring heat weather, children, youths, men, women and activists of the socio-cultural, voluntary and professional organizations 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 and Shishu Academy and other venues especially the bank of the river Padma for celebrations of the occasion.
The programs of the day were heralded in the city by inaugurating a
'Mongol Shobayatra' on Collegiate School premises. Rajshahi district
administration arranged the colourful rally.
Divisional Commissioner Noor-Ur-Rahman, Additional Commissioners Aminul Islam and Sultan Abdul Hamid and Deputy Commissioner Kazi Ashraf Uddin were present in the opening programme.
After parading some of the city streets, the rally turned into a cultural function on the Riverview School ground.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) is hosting a daylong celebration
programme. Mayor Mosaddeque Hossain Bulbul attended many of the programmes.
Cultural groups and different organisations 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, wearing masks and singing Baishakhi songs, Palli Geeti, Jarigan, Vatiali, 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 are seen celebrating the festival through separate daylong programmes.
Besides, inmates of hospitals, jail, safe home and SOS Shishu Pally are being provided with improved diets marking the celebration. Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies adopted all-out tightened security measures to make the celebration a total success.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha