The nation celebrated Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year 1426, with different organizations putting up various programmes keeping up with in the vein of rich Bengali cultural heritage based on ritual rhythms of rural life for renewing a pledge to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of “Esho hey Baishakh esho esho” echoed everywhere in Bangladesh to give the day a really festive dimension.
All across the country with people from all walks of life throng different popular and historic spots in the capital and elsewhere to welcome the Bangla New Year 1426 with new hopes and aspirations for a better, peaceful year.
The programmes of the day began at dawn in the city with the musical soiree of Chayanat, a leading cultural organization of the country at Ramna Batamul, where over 100 of singers performed to welcome Bangla new year leaving behind all odds and sorrows of old year.
Students of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) brought out Mangol Shobahajatra (procession of good wishes)’ around about 9am in the capital.
Mangol Shobhajatra is a pride for the Bangalee Nation as the traditional procession on Pahela Baishakh has got the recognition of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
On this occasion, people from all walks of life wore traditional Bengali dresses. Young women wore white sarees with red borders and adorned themselves with bangles, flowers while men wore white pyjamas and panjabi or kurta.
On the occasion of Pahele Baishakh, the government organized various programmes. The traditional Mangol Shovajatras were brought out at divisional, district and upazila levels as it has earned the international recognition.
However, business communities, especially in the rural areas, opened their traditional ‘Halkhata’, new account books, while sweets were distributed among customers to mark the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages of greeting on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.
In separate messages, they wished peace, happiness and prosperity of the people and the country in the New Year.
The day was declared as a public holiday.