Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pahela Baishakh to unite people: Nazrul

Pahela Baishakh to unite people: Nazrul

News Report Chairman of Primeasia University Board of Trustees and The News Today director Nazrul Islam on Sunday said Pahela Baishakh festival could be a catalyst for uniting people against rising religious fundamentalism. "Pahela Baishakh is a time to reignite religious harmony and tolerance as this festival cuts across religious boundaries. Some groups might dislike this festival, but they can't stop people from enjoying the feast because they love their culture and stand for interreligious harmony," he said. "The spirit of Pohela Boishakh is unity in diversity - we are different in many ways but our age-old culture binds us together. Celebrating this feast emboldens a sense of solidarity and helps us carry on our proud tradition of religious harmony," the chairman adds. He was speaking as chief guest in the inaugural ceremony of day-long event on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, the first day of bangla year. Primeasia University organised the programme on Sunday at Banani Bidyaniketon School and College premises to celebrate the Pohela Boishakh. The News Today was the media partner of this event. Chairman of Mithila Group Azahar Khan, renowned Nazrul singer Fatema Tuz Zohora and Primeasia University Board of Trustee member Raihan Azad were present as special guests. Primeasia University Vice-chancellor Professor Dr. Abdul Hannan Chowdhury presided over the function. Among others, Primeasia University Treasurer AKM Asharul Haque, Registrar Abul Kashem Molla, School of Business department Dean Habibur Rahman, School of Engineering department Dean Hasanuzzaman and School of Biological Science Dean AJM Omar Faruque were present at the function. The chief guest also said Bangladesh has set an example of religious harmony in the world by celebrating all the religious festivals irrespective of their religions. "Each and every religious festival is celebrated here by everyone like brothers and sisters," he added. The speakers in the function said despite huge enthusiasm, people often fail to behold the true spirit of the New Year. The festival is "not about rallies, fairs and foods," which the corporate culture has promoted for their own interests, they said. A cultural programme was held after the discussion meeting. The university also organised the Bengali traditional monkey dance, puppet show, bioscope and many events.

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