Pahela Baishakh

The first day of Bangla year is called Pahela Baishakh. This much expected day comes in the midst of us once a year. According to the tradition, we, the Bangladeshis, have been celebrating this particular day for centuries. Moreover, we celebrate the day to formally receive the Bangla Year. The day is celebrated all over the country. But the main function of the day held at Ramna Batamul in Dhaka. On this day, rural people prepare special meals. They also arrange fairs at important places. It is a special day for shopkeepers. On this day, Shopkeepers decorate their shops and open ‘Halkhata’ and offer sweets to their customers and clients. Urban people are also not lagging behind in this celebration. They celebrate the day with much delight and interest. They eat panta bhat and hilsha fist in the morning. They wear special clothes. young boys wear panjabis and pajamas, while young girls put on red and white sarees. Sometimes, people especially, the students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University bring out colorful procession on Pahela Baishakh. Different Organisations such as Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Chhayanat and so on organise cultural functions on their respective premises. Actually Pahela Baishakh is a day of great importance. It reminds us of our Bangali culture and tradition. On this day many of us sing¬† Asho Ha Baishakh Asho Asho’. Really it is a significant day to be celebrated.