Traditional Shakrain in Old Dhaka today
Published: 10:10 AM, 14 January 2021 Updated: 10:45 AM, 14 January 2021
Traditional Shakrain festival to be celebrated in Old Dhaka today; Photo: Collected
The traditional Shakrain Festival, which is also known as Poush Sankranti or Kite Festival, will be celebrated all over Old Dhaka today. Today is also the first day of Magh in the Bengali calendar. On this day, the sky of Old Dhaka will be adorned with different types of kites in various colors.
At one time, the festival was limited to the followers of Traditional Religions but now the day is celebrated solemnly in Old Dhaka. People of all ages of all religions took part in the festival. Youths from other parts of Dhaka also rushed to Old Dhaka to join the festival.
Besides, this year’s event will be swift in Old Dhaka – as Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), for the first time, is going to organize the traditional Shakrain Festival with the slogan ‘Esho Ghuri Urai, Oitijya Dhore Rakhi’ (Let’s Fly Kites, Let’s Cherish the Tradition). The event will be held in 75 wards of Old Dhaka from 2:00 pm on Thursday.
Hundreds of kites of various colors will fly across the sky from noon to evening. There will be a crowd of people of all ages on the roof of every building in Old Dhaka.
The people of the area – Gandaria, Murgitola, Dhupkhola, Dayaganj, Jatrabari, Narinda, Sutrapur, Kagojitola, Banglabazar, Luxmibazar, Kaltabazar, Dholai Khal, Shankhari Bazar, Ray Shaheb Bazar, Nababpur, Bangshal, Nazira Bazaar, Tanti Bazar and Lalbagh – will organize the day-long festival including flying kites and organize various meals. Besides, setting off fireworks in the evening is one of the most attractive parts of the festival.
There will be festive in every house with Murir Moa, Bakarkhani and Pitha making. Currently, the festival has a touch of modernity. In other words, fireworks and lanterns will be started flying after evening. Fireworks will be observed in these areas from evening till midnight.
Flying kites by grooms, give gifts of kites and send Pitha from in law’s house is a part of celebrating the Shakrain in Old Dhaka.
With this festival in mind, Thread String has been celebrated for the last one week in most of the alleys of Bayanno Bazar Teppanna Gali in Old Dhaka and open roofs.