Dhaka – Tens of thousands of people from different walks of life joined the traditional peace parades in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Saturday to celebrate the Bangla New Year 2025.
In Dhaka, men and women of almost all ages and children in colourful dresses turned up to the procession, popularly known as Mongol Shovajatra, began at the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University.
They were seen parading city streets carrying different forms of semblances dolls, playing drums and other musical instruments in line with Bengali culture.
The similar peace parades were organised by socio-cultural and public offices in the districts as the parade has become a cultural heritage announced by the UNESCO. Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the procession in Dhaka.
The formal celebration began with the day-break when 150 artists of Chhayanaut cultural organisation welcomed the Pahela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, chorusing ‘Esho hey Boishakh Esho Esho’, a song by poet Rabindranath Tagore at the Ramna Park.
The artists sang many other songs to celebrate the day.
The organisation’s General Secretary Laisa Ahmed Lisa said they have themed this year’s programme on the slogan – ‘Search for the roots in light of the globalisation’ – to connect the youth with the rise of human values against brutal mentality.
Chhayanaut President Sanjida Khatun, in her speech, also called for social cohesion.
The procession, where people from all ages, classes and professions take part carrying masks, dolls, playing drums and other musical instruments, is part of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity’ announced by UNESCO.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the people on the occasion of the Bangla New Year.