The Bangla year 1425 is nearing to end. People of Bangladesh are eagerly waiting to welcome the Bangla New Year 1426 on April 14 (Sunday). Country men also hold different rituals to say ‘Goodbye’ to passing year on April 13— Chaitra Sankranti—the last day of the year.
The first day of Bangla New Year is widely known as ‘Pohela Boishakh’—the biggest festival of the nation—will be celebrated with an array of festivities. The festival will be celebrated all together irrespective of age, race and religion.
Students of different public and private universities, artists from various cultural organisations and institutions, handicraft vendors make the festival more colourful and amusing. With deep enthusiasm and passion they use to start preparation works month before the ‘Pohela Boishakh’.
Students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University are now very busy making colourful masks, painting canvases and shoras; they are also making king and queen puppets, birds, tiger, fish, elephant, duck and others for this year’s Mangal Shobhaajatra.Mangal Shobhaajatra becomes a major and important event of Bangla New Year celebration after UNESCO recognised it as an intangible cultural heritage on November 30, 2016.
Students of the Institute of Fine Arts, led by the DU vice-chancellor, will bring out the main procession in the morning with different themes in a traditional manner as part of the celebration on the first day of the Bangla calendar.