Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pahela Falgun today

Season of life and love

Pahela Falgun today

News Report: The poet sings, 'If winter comes, can spring be far behind?' Well, there is already a feeling of spring in the cool bracing breeze. Today is Pahela Falgun with spring at the threshold. The spring has arrived with a sense of youthfulness, vigour and fresh energy. The nature, as though, adorns herself with blossom of flowers and new leaves sprouting from trees. The nature is getting fresher and colourful shape that creates an ambience of vigour and energy for people of all ages. The spring is the king of all seasons of its extraordinary gift of mirth and ecstasy for all. After the withering winter, colourful flowers like shimul, polash and marigold blooms as harbinger of spring. Krishnachura with its scarlet red flowers gives the youth a fresh and aesthetic sense of appreciation of beauty. Melody of chirping birds and soft sunshine speak of the nature's festival time. Youths with their animated vigour and colourful mind will join the celebrations of Pahela Falgun, a festival welcoming the advent of spring, today to leave a message to all that love, affection, respect and commitment should be cornerstones of removing all ills and building the nation. The capital Dhaka and other major cities of the country will be ablaze with mirth and merriment as curious youngsters wear yellow and red dresses, flower-made ornaments and attend traditional musical functions. People mark the spring festival on the first day of Bengali month of Falgun. It is also called Basanta Utsab. It usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine's Day on February 14 which has also become a major day of celebration to the festival-loving people especially the youths. Recently Bangla Academy has revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar aimed at observing the significant days in line with the historic background. From now on, the first six months of Bangla year will have 31 days, and the last six months of the year will have a length of 30 days, except for the month Falgun. In that way, Pahela Falgun coincided with Valentine's Day this year. Country's business community is not happy with the Bangla Academy's move as they think coincidence of the festivals on the same day is cutting their profit. If the festivals were celebrated on separate days, they could have earned more profits. Many youths also did not welcome the Bangla Academy's decision as they think each calendar could have some unique characteristics and there is no need to make changes. Though Pahela Falgun will be celebrated officially today, a large number of people specially youths were celebrating it on Thursday. Clad in yellow sarees and panjabis, a huge crowd thronged on Thursday the Dhaka University campus which is considered the centre point of the celebration. Festival loving people in Dhaka will formally celebrate the festival today. Youths are now busy taking preparations to welcome the advent of spring in a befitting manner. City markets were seen overcrowded with purchasers buying colorful panjabis and sarees and other traditional dresses on Thursday ahead of the festival. Different brands of garment products, shoes and ornaments were also giving special offer for customers on the eve of the two major festivals. Newspapers have also published special supplements carrying the message of the festival. Thousands of people specially the youths across the country will welcome the arrival of spring with attiring colorful "bashonti" (yellow or orange colored) dresses particularly yellow or red panjabis and sarees and presenting flowers to their soul mates as a token of their profound love for each other. Clad in yellow attires with brunches of flowers in the hair bun and hands, hundreds of young girls and boys will throng the Bakultala on the premises of Fine Arts Faculty at Dhaka University (DU), the centre point of the festival to celebrate spring, to sing songs, recite poems and dance. Ramna Park, Rabindra Sarobar and Hatirjheel draw a huge crowd on that day. The entire DU campus including Teacher-Student Centre (TSC), Arts Faculty, Curzon Hall, University Mall (Mall Chattar) and the compound of Amar Ekeushy Granthamela turns into the best place to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones on the day. Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad has been arranging the main programme of the day for around two decades. The parishad is arranging different programmes including rendering songs and recitation of poems except regular programmes. The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair is expected to draw a huge crowd as the book-loving people would love to visit the fair on the very special day with their friends and family members. Famous excerpt of Subhash Mukhopadhyay "Phul phutuk na phutuk, aaj Boshonto" beautifully depicts the advent of Basanta Utsab.

Share |