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Pahela Baishakh to be celebrated in Rajshahi, Rangpur

Pahela Baishakh to be celebrated in Rajshahi, Rangpur

News Desk Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year-1426, will be celebrated in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions today (Sunday) with a festive mood and enthusiasm like other parts of the country. In Rajshahi, local administration, Rajshahi City Corporation, educational institutions, political parties and various other social and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes marking the celebration. Programmes of the day will be heralded in the city amid a “Mongol Shobayatra” on Collegiate School premises. Rajshahi district admini-stration will arrange the colourful rally. Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) will host a day-long celebration progra-mmes. Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton will participate in most of the programmes. Cultural groups and different organisations including Sammilita Sangskritik Jote will arrange various programmes like musical functions, colourful marches and street side Baishakhi fairs in the city. They will bring out Baishakhi processions in the city streets. Baishakhi Melas, cultural functions, staging of dramas, doll-dances, Nagor Dola, kite flying competitions and discussions meeting will also be held. Various educational institutions including Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi College and Rajshahi Medical College have set various programmes to celebrate the festival. Faculty of Fine Arts in Rajshahi University along with university administrative officials, are scheduled to bring out a colorful rally titled Mongol procession around 9:30am in front of the faculty building. They have also chalked out a three-day-long programmes of folk songs gambhira dance, band music and jatra pala at the university Charu Chattar to celebrate Pahela Baishakh of the Bengali New Year-1426. Inmates of hospitals, jail, safe home and SOS Shishu Pally will be served improved diets marking the celebration. Amusement places like zoo and parks will remain open for the visitors throughout the day. Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies have adopted tightened security measures to make the day-long celebration a total success. In Rangpur, the district and upazilas administrations have completed preparations to welcome ‘Pahela Baishakh’, the first day of Bengali New Year-1426, with traditional festivities in Rangpur division. Rangpur city, other seven district towns and 58 upazila headquarters in the division have worn colourful looks to celebrate the traditional ‘Pahela Baishakh’ festivities peacefully amid tight security measures before the sunset. Business community leaders said celebration of ‘Chaitra Sangkranti’, the last day of the outgoing year, began Saturday in hats, bazars, groceries and important places in the division with traditional ‘Halkhata’ for renewal of business accounts clearing dues. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Rangpur Enamul Habib said the district administration, City Corporation, educational institutions and other organisations will welcome ‘Pahela Baishakh’ with traditional festivities and fanfare in the city. Besides, government departments, non-governmental, socio-cultural, professional, business and other organisations and private bodies have also taken programmes to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the Bengali Nation. The celebrations will begin at 6:30am with traditional “Baishakhi” programmes to be performed simultaneously by artists of Shishu Academy and Shilpokola Academy on Banyan Tree premises and Sommilito Sangskritik Jyote on Central Shaheed Minar premises in the city. At 9 am, the district administration will bring out the colourful ‘Baishakhi’ procession of ‘Mongal Shobhajatra’ carrying festoons, placards, banners and singing ‘Baishakhi’ and folk songs from Zila School ground to welcome the Bengali New Year-1426. The procession will again return to Zila School ground after parading the main city streets via Shaheed Sangku Smarani, Zahaj Company Crossing and Betpotti areas in the city. Thousands of people of all ages, wearing traditional dresses and carrying festoons, placards, banners and singing ‘Esho Hey Baishakh, Esho Esho’ will participate in the ‘Mongal Shobhajatra’ to welcome ‘Pahela Baishakh.’ The traditional ‘Baishakhi Mela’, cultural functions, staging dramas, doll-dances, ‘Nagor Dola’, ‘Ha-Du-Du’, ‘Kabadi’, traditional ‘Lathi Khela’, kite flying competitions and discussions will be arranged to welcome the event. Inputs taken from BSS

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