Bangla Happy New Year (Pahela Baishakh)-1426 was celebrated in the city and its adjacent area of 9th upazila in Rajshahi. The programs of the pahela baishakh started with a a colorful procession organized by Rajshahi district administration on Collegiate School premises Children, youths, men, women and activists of the socio-cultural, voluntary and professional organizations wearing traditional dresses came out on the streets after sunrise to welcome the Bengali New Year.
Besides, hundreds of men, women and children, in traditional colourful clothes, thronged Rajshahi College playground, Fudkipara open stage, Shishu Academy, Riverview Collect-orate School playground and other venues especially the bank of the river Padma for celebrations of the occasion.
The programs of the day heralded in the city by inaugurating a colourful "Mongol Shobhajatra" on Collegiate School premises. Rajshahi district administration arranged the rally. After parading some of the city streets, the rally ended at the Riverview Collect-orate School premises where a two-day "Baishakhi, Children Amusement Fair", cultural function and blood donation programme were formally opened.
Divisional Commissioner Noor-Ur-Rahman, Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akter, RMP Commissioner Humayun Kabir, Deputy Commissioner SM Abdul Kader and Superintendent of Police Md Shahidullah were present in the opening program.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) arranged a daylong celebration programs. Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton attended many of the programs. Cultural groups and different organizations including Sammillita Sangskritik Jote arranged various programs like musical functions, colourful marches and street side Baishakhi fairs in the city.
They brought out Baishakhi processions in the city streets carrying colourful festoons, placards and banners and singing Baishakhi songs, Palli Geeti, Gambhira, Jarigan, Bhatiali, Baul, Lalon Geeti, Nazrul Geeti and Rabindra Sangeet and other folk and classical songs. Baishakhi Melas, cultural functions, staging of dramas, doll-dances, Nagor Dola, kite flying competitions and discussions meeting were also arranged throughout the day.
Various other educational institutions including Rajshahi University,Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi College and Rajshahi Medical College also celebrated the festival through separate daylong programs.Faculty of Fine Arts in Rajshahi University along with university administrative officials, brought out a colorful rally titled Mongol procession around 9:30am in front of the faculty building.
They have also arranged a three day-long programmes of folk songs gambhira dance, band music and jatra pala at the university Charu Chattar to celebrate Pahela Baishakh of the Bengali New Year-1426.Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies adopted all-out tightened security measures to make the daylong celebration a total success.
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