Pahela Baishakh celebrated

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Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla calendar, was celebrated amid traditional festivities and enthusiasm across the country on Saturday.

The festivities began at dawn with the artistes from Chhayanaut welcoming the day with Tagore’s famous song ‘Esho hey Baishakh, esho, esho (come O Baishakh, come)’ under the banyan tree at the Ramna Park.

People of all walks of life gathered at different popular spots since the dawn in capital Dhaka and elsewhere across the country to welcome the Bangla New Year, 1425.

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Although the celebrations in the capital were smooth throughout the day, a hailstorm disrupted the rhythm in many areas in the afternoon.

As the hailstorm came down in the city around 5pm, outdoor revellers were seen leaving the venues of different programmes to safety. Many events, including concerts, were also cancelled due to rain.

The day was a public holiday.

Thousands of people, especially the youths wearing traditional dresses, thronged traditional venues at different parts of the capital, including Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Udyan, Central Shaheed Minar, Dhaka University, Shahbagh, Dhanmondi Lake, Hatirjheel and different other spots to celebrate the day.

The celebrations of Pahela Baishakh have become an integral part of Bangalees since it began over six centuries back.

Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the Bangla calendar in 1556 of the Gregorian calendar in a bid to streamline the timing of land tax collection in the then ‘Subah Bangla’ region, the much of which falls under Bangladesh.

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