RANGPUR, Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year-1424, is being celebrated here since this morning amid tight security measures with huge enthusiasm, traditional festivity and fanfare.
The district administration, Rangpur City Corporation, Sommilito
Sangskritik Jote, socio-cultural, business and other organisations and
educational institutions have been welcoming 'Pahela Baishakh' through
The celebrations began at 6:30 am through traditional 'Baishakhi'
programmes of Shishu Academy and Shilpokola Academy beneath the banyan tree on Zila School ground and 'Sommilito Sangskriti Jyote' on Central Shaheed Minar premises.
Mayor of Rangpur Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu led a huge colourful 'Mongal Shobhajatra' brought out by Sommilito Sangskritik Jote from the Central Shaheed Minar. The procession again returned there after parading the main city streets.
The district administration in association with other organisations
brought out the main 'Baishakhi' rally in the city streets from Zila School ground at 9 am to welcome the Bengali New Year- 1424.
Tens of hundreds of people of all ages, wearing traditional dresses and carrying festoons, placards, banners and singing Esho Hey Baishakh, Esho Esho' participated in the main 'Baishakhi' rally to welcome 'Pahela Baishakh.'
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hassan Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General of Police Khondker Golam Faruk, Acting Deputy Commissioner Sultana Pervin, Police Super Mizanur Rahman, city Awami League President Shafiur Rahman and its General Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal were present.
The Central Shaheed Minar premises turned into a place of festivity as thousands of people gathered there to enjoy the colourful 'Baishakhi' celebrations organised by 'Sommilito Sangskritik Jote.'
A number of traditional cow-driven carts, horse-driven carts, 'palki' and decorated elephants paraded along with the main 'Baishakhi' rally participated by hundreds of the people of the ethnic minorities attired in their traditional dresses.
The district administration with District Shishu Academy, District
Shilpokola Academy and other organisations organised the main 'Barshobaron Anusthan' at the Zila School.
Artistes from different cultural organisations and institutions rendered songs like 'Polli Geeti', 'Jarigan', 'Bhatiali', 'Bhaoyaiya', 'Baul', 'Lalon Geeti', 'Nazrul Geeti', 'Rabindra Sangeet' and folk songs there since the morning.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hassan Ahmed addressed the main discussion meeting as the chief guest with Acting Deputy Commissioner Sultana Pervin in the chair.
Improved diets were served at noon to the inmates of all hospitals,
Rangpur Central Jail, orphanages, shishu paribars, vagabond centres and orphanages in the district.
Dozens of stalls with different traditional food items and 'Pantha Bhat' have been installed in the 'Baishakhi Melas', hotels, restaurants, makeshift roadside places, educational institutions and other places.
Kite flying, Ha-Du-Du, Kabadi and other traditional local sports
competitions for women, 'Baishakhi Melas', cultural functions, 'Nagor Dola', staging dramas, traditional 'Lathi Khela', doll-dances and discussions were arranged at many places in the city.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha