‘House-at-stuck’ Pohela Boishakh returns again
Published: 10:48 AM, 14 April 2021 Updated: 12:07 PM, 14 April 2021
The country is going through a weeklong strict lockdown from Wednesday (April 14) with government restrictions. Besides, a new year has already knocked on the door of Bengalis. Although the country welcomed the Bangla new year by dancing and singing in the very first dawn, this year the first day of 1428 has started with the credence of following the hygiene rules.
The Pohela Boishakh or the first day of the Bangla new year is being observed in the country amid the seven-day lockdown. During this, none can go out without urgent need, as a result, this year’s Boishakh will have to be celebrated in the compulsory ‘house-at-stuck’ life. People celebrated last year’s Boishakh in this way too due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
A kind of amazement is created when the first public festival of Bengalis, Pohela Boishakh, arrives. There are various events all over the country. On that day, the Bengali welcomed the day amid festivity. But due to the increase in coronavirus infection across the country, the government has instructed to celebrate the Noboborsho (New Year) virtually by avoiding public gatherings.
For this, there are no events in the capital like last year. However, Chhayanaut’s Bangla Noboborsho celebration will be broadcasted on Bangladesh Television (BTV) and the organization’s YouTube channel.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion of Bangla Noboborsho. In the message, they urged the people to observe the New Year with their family members at home as well as abide by the hygiene rules.
After the independence of the country, the Bengali New Year celebrations became a symbol of the non-communal consciousness for the Bengalis. Along with the festival, protests against evil forces have also sprung up in the celebration of Pohela Boishakh.
In 1989, the first Mangal Shovajatra, a mass procession that takes place at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year, took place by the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. On November 30, 2016, the procession was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.