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Shakrain Festival

Shakrain festival today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Shakrain festival today
People of all ages, especially children, look for their favourite kites at Tanti Bazar in the capital on Friday, a day before the Shakrain festival -- a festival most awaited in the neighbourhoods of the old town. The kite festival traditionally held at the end of Poush, the ninth month of the Bengali calendar and the day is also known as ‘Makar Sangkranti’ in Bangladesh as well as in India and Nepal. —SUN photo

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The people of Old Dhaka are all set to celebrate Shakrain festival, a long-standing cultural tradition of the community, marking the last day of ninth month of Bengali calendar today.

Usually, people fly kites, sky-lanterns popularly known as fanus, let off fireworks, and spend time with their friends and family members on rooftops till midnight, celebrating the day.

Youths will fly kites in the morning and release paper lanterns after sunsets. They will also set off spectacular fireworks in the evening.

They also prepare different traditional foods and serve those to their near and dear ones, marking the day, also known as Poush Shankranti.

Residents of Sutrapur, Narinda, Wari, Faridabad, Lalbagh and some other areas will celebrate the day today according to Bangla Academy calendar while the inhabitants of Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Goalnagar, Rajar Deuri and Judge Court areas will observe the day tomorrow following the Bangla Panjika date.