GAIBANDHA, April 15, 2018 (BSS) - Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year-1425, was celebrated in the district on Saturday with much enthusiasm and traditional festivities with a vow to build a non-communal, happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
Marking the day, district administration, Sadar upazila administration, Gaibandha Govt. College, Sadar Upazila Model School and College, Udichi Shilpi Gosti, Dariapur Sangskritik Jote, and other socio-cultural organizations including some NGOs chalked out elaborate programmes.
The programmes include bringing out mongal shobhajatra, eating of pantha vaat, discussion meeting, staging drama, arrangement of Baishakhi mela, kite flying and cultural function.
The programmes also include nagor dola, pala gaan, jari gaan, shari gaan and folk song, reciting poems, holding halkhata in business establishments and distribution of sweets.
In the morning, a big colorful rally led by whip of the Jatiya Sangshad and local lawmaker Mahabub Ara Begum Gini was brought out from Independence Square and ended at the same venue after parading the main roads of the town to welcome the Bangla New Year.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal, Police Super Abdul Mannan Miah district and upazila level officials, cultural personalities, social workers, businessmen attrended the rally. They were carrying banners, festoons, traditional handicrafts, household utensils, fishing instruments, beating drums and playing musical instruments while singing 'Esho Hey Baishakh Esho Esho'.
Later, a discussion meeting was also held at the stage of Independence Square of the town with DC Gautam Chandra Pal in the chair.
Whip Mahabub Ara Begum Gini addressed the function as the chief guest and Police Super Abdul Mannan Miah, principal of Gaibandha College Mizanur Rahman, general secretary of district Awami League Abu Bakar Siddique and mayor of Gaibandha Municipality Advocate Shah Masud Jahangir Kabir Milon were present as the event as the special guests.
The programme was followed by a cultural function. The artists of Zilla Shilpakala Academy and other cultural organizations performed folk songs and dance in the function.
Men wearing pajabi-pajama, women attired in Sari with red borders and children in colorful dresses attended the programmes with festive moods.
Improved diets were also served to the inmates of the Jail and the Govt. Shishu Paribars marking the day, said MM. Ashik Reza, nezarat deputy collector.
Similar programmes were also held at other six upazilas headquarters in the district on April 14 welcoming the New Year, he also said.