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POST TIME: 14 February, 2020 09:57:43 PM
Pahela Falgun, Valentine’s Day celebrated
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Pahela Falgun, Valentine’s Day celebrated

Artists performing dance at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University on Pahela Falgun (Friday, February 14, 2020) . Photo: UNB

Youths with their animated vigour and colourful mind joined the celebrations of Pahela Falgun, a festival welcoming the advent of spring, on Friday to leave a message to all that love, affection, respect and commitment should be cornerstones of removing all ills and building the nation.

The capital Dhaka and other major cities of the country were ablaze with mirth and merriment as curious youngsters wear yellow and red dresses, flower-made ornaments and attend traditional musical functions.

Bangalees mark the spring festival on the first day of Bengali month of Falgun. It is also called Basanta Utsab. It usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day on February 14 which has also become a major day of celebration to the festival-loving Bangalees especially the youths.

Recently Bangla Academy has revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar aimed at observing the significant days in line with the historic background.

From now on, the first six months of Bangla year will have 31 days, and the last six months of the year will have a length of 30 days, except for the month Falgun. In that way, Pahela Falgun coincided with Valentine’s Day this year.

Country’s business community is not happy with the Bangla Academy’s move as they think coincidence of the festivals on the same day is cutting their profit. If the festivals were celebrated on separate days, they could have earned more profits.

Many youths also did not welcome the Bangla Academy’s decision as they think each calendar could have some unique characteristics and there is no need to make changes.

Though Pahela Falgun celebrated officially today (Friday), a large number of people specially youths celebrated it yesterday (Thursday).

Clad in yellow sarees and panjabis, a huge crowd thronged the Dhaka University campus which is considered the centre point of the celebration.

Festival loving people in Dhaka formally celebrated the festival on Friday. Youths welcomed the advent of spring in a befitting manner.

City markets were seen overcrowded with purchasers buying colorful panjabees and sarees and other traditional dresses ahead of the festival.

Different brands of garment products, shoes and ornaments also gave special offer for customers on the eve of the two major festivals.

Newspapers also published special supplements for the last couple of days carrying the message of the festival.

The entire DU campus including Teacher-Student Centre (TSC), Arts Faculty, Curzon Hall, University Mall (Mall Chattar) and the compound of Amar Ekeushy Granthamela turned into the best place to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones on the day.

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