Pahela Boishakh being celebrated amid festivity in Ctg

CHITTAGONG, Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year-1424, is being celebrated in the port city Chittagong and its adjacent districts today in a befitting manner with great enthusiasm, fanfare and festivity.

The district administration, Chittagong City Corporation and activists of different socio-cultural, professional and business organisations, NGOs, private bodies and educational institutions have chalked out colourful programmes for welcoming the Bengali New Year.

Marking the celebration, Chittagong district administration and Chittagong City Corporation arranged separate colourful rallies from Chittagong circuit house premises and Sadhinata Park premises respectively.

Thousands of people of all ages, wearing traditional dresses and carrying festoons, placards, banners and singing "Esho Hey Boishakh Esho Esho" participated in the main 'Baishakhi' rally to welcome 'Pahela Baishakh'.

City Mayor AZM Nasir Uddin, inaugurated and led the rally of CCC at

Swdhinata Park Maidan. Divisional Commissioner Ruhul Amin and Deputy

Commissioner of Chittagong Mohammad Shamsul Arefin led another colourful 'Baishakhi' rally which concluded at Shilpakola academy premises after parading some important thoroughfares.

District administration also organized a discussion on the occasion of Pahela Boishakh at Shilpakala academy at 9 am today.

Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mohammad Shamsul Arefin presided over the function while City Mayor AZM Nasir Uddin, Ziauddin Divisional Commissioner Ruhul Amin, Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohammad Monirruzzaman and Commissioner of Chittagong Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, among others, addressed the discussion.

The speakers put emphasis on reviving the past glories of the non-communal rich Bengali culture to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation and disseminate true national history to the young generations.

The main programme of Pahela Boishakh began after sunrise at the historic DC hill and Shristala of CRB hill where artistes of Sammilita Pahela Baishakh Udjapan Parishad performed the songs including -"Esho hey Boishakh Esho Esho,".

Both programmes inaugurated by the CCC Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin.

Besides, socio-cultural, literary organizations and educational

institutions celebrated the day welcoming the Bengali New Year 1424.

Sammilita Pahela Baishakh Udjapan Parishad began its two-day programme through a colourful procession. Kabadi, bullfight, cockfight and puppet show were the main attractions of the day. Improved diets were served to the inmates of all hospitals, Chittagong Central Jail, orphanages, shishu paribars, vagabond centres and orphanages in the port city.

Hundreds socio-cultural organization including Chittagong Press Club, Chittagong University, University of Science and Technology in Chittagong (USTC) and Government Fine Arts College, Borsho Biday O Borsho Sommilon Parishad, BWA School and College, Global Scholar School and College, Shahitya Parishad and Government City College celebrated the day through various programmes.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha