Chaitra Sankranti today
Published: 11:45 AM, 13 April 2021
Bangalee nation has been celebrating the traditional Chaitra Sankranti festival today marking the last day of the Bangla year.
Chaitra is the last month of Basanta Kal (Spring Season) in the Bangla calendar.
It is celebrated more in rural areas than in urban, where it has celebrated for hundreds of years. It is the day before Pohela Boishakh and more popular than Pohela Boishakh in rural areas.
In recent years it has also been adopted into the urban lifestyle.
On Chaitra Sankranti, Bangalees usually say goodbye to the Bangla year and welcome the Nababarsho (New Year) on Pohela Boishakh through different festivities.
In many places across the country including Dhaka, Chaitra Sankranti is celebrated through arranging fairs, pitha melas, musical events and other festivities.
In view of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has imposed restrictions on all kinds of public gatherings while complete lockdown will be enforced from April 14 to contain the virus transmission.
Under the circumstances, no festivity or formal programmes will be arranged to say goodbye to the Bangla year 1427 and welcome the Nababarsho (New Year) 1428.
Cultural Affairs Ministry called for arranging a virtual programme to welcome Bangla Nababarsho on the day of Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar.
In the previous year, the Pohela Boishakh celebration was not arranged at Ramna Batamul in the dawn due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since the 1971 Liberation War, this was the first time when the Chhayanaut’s programme did not take place at the Ramna Batamul on the day of Pohela Boishakh.
The celebration will not be held this year also. But some new songs have been recorded to welcome the Bangla New Year which will be aired on state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) in the morning on Pohela Boishakh.
BTV will also broadcast Chhayanaut president and musicologist Sanjida Khatun’s talks (Sanjida Khatuner Kathon) along with the songs. – BSS