The First Day of Bangla New Year
Bangladesh is a land of different cultures. A lot of festivals are held in this country around the year. Among these festivals, ‘Pahela Baishakh’ is the most prominent common festival. It is celebrated on the first day of Bengali New Year. It is a unique and distinctive festival to the people of all classes and all religions in Bangladesh. Pahela Baishakh has been being observed in our country for about 450 years as a traditional culture. The third Mughal emperor, Akbar was the first to introduce this custom in our country. Then, on that day, the tenants were invited to the house of the landlord and they used to pay their rents there. Today also this day is being observed with great enthusiasm. The day is celebrated with traditional festivities across the country. It is a public holiday. Traders and shop-keepers open fresh account books (Hal Hhata) and offer sweets to their customers and clients. The day’s first programme begins at dawn at Ramna Batamul. Chhayanat, a leading cultural organization organizes the programme. People wearing traditional dresses attend it. Besides, media and many socio-cultural organizations draw up different programmes. On this occasion, various types of fairs and exhibitions are held throughout the country – both in villages and towns. On this very day of Pahela Baishakh, we try to forget the sorrowful events, exhaustion, distress, and despondency of the previous year and welcome the New Year together in a zealous mood dreaming of a better future. We all stand on a common ground beyond any political belief. In fact, Pahela Baishakh brings in along with it – hopes and aspirations to our national life.
Pahela Baishak is the first day of Bangla year. We celebrate the day with traditional festivities across the country. Many socio-cultural organizations draw up many programmes to celebrate the day. The day is celebrated with more pleasure and enjoyment in our deeply. Many cultural organizations start their programmes from Ramna Batamul. Chhayanat, Aurannak, Udichi and other organizations celebrate the day by singing songs and arranging drama, dancing etc. Bangla Academy, Shishu Academy, Shilpakala Academy, bulbul Lalita-Kala academy. Fine arts Institute of Dhaka University, National Museum, and other institutions arrange many BTV displays special programmes across the day. Most of the city dwellers wear a special dress to celebrate the day. In some places especially the rural bazar area, many traders, and shopkeepers open Halkhata and offer sweet to their customers. we think the day as his source of enjoyment and the starting day of the year with peace and happiness.