Baishakhi festival is awaited by all the Bangladeshis throughout the year, and welcomed by grand celebration. Warming up for the real celebration, BRAC University (BRACU) organised 'Summer Fair 1424', a daylong event, to welcome Bangla New Year 1424. The event was held on April 03 in Mohakhali campus of BRAC University starting from 10:00 am till 6:00pm.
The ambiance created by the students of BRACU was nothing short of a Baishakhi mela within the premises of the institution. The event was inaugurated by Director of BRAC Institute of Language Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed. During her inauguration speech, Lady Abed mentions that as we prepare ourselves to welcome a brand new year, we let go of all our sorrows, grieves, grudges and try to start anew, which is the principal idea of our 'Baishakhi uthshob'. Summer Fair 1424 was bursting with joy, celebration and enthusiasm to hold up the culture and heritage of Bangladesh. The principal purpose of the event was to incorporate the modern era with our historical culture, upholding the distinctiveness of our country.
Stalls were set up in the auditorium of the university to allow students to come and enjoy the event like a rare fair. Starting from boutique, designed dresses to games to the perfect traditional food, the students arranged stalls for everything. Guardians of the students, faculty members and the staff visited the stalls and enjoyed the atmosphere.
The entire campus of BRAC University was decorated following the theme of Baishakhi. Having rickshaws to showcase the exclusivity of our tradition was the first sight that was presented at the entrance of building one. Moreover, the organisers arranged a selfie festival to enhance the inclusion of modernity. According to the spokesman of House of Talents of BRAC University, the main attraction of the event was the puppet dance. This is a highly reputed form of entertainment for any rural area in Bangladesh. Along with the unique show, the event had music, magic shows and performances all day long.
'A hand without henna is a disrespect to the Baishakhi attire', says Mehdi Munni Akhter, one of the young entrepreneurs, also a student of BRAC University. She praised the diversity in the fair and appreciated the representation of our culture. Munni Akhter hopes that the initiative will result to an annual celebration of our most anticipated time of the year and she hopes to contribute significantly in these events. The traditional girls dressed in saree also had their hands coloured for the upcoming Baishakh from the young entrepreneur.
By arranging the festival, BRAC University gave the students a day long break from their hectic schedule of running around. The students hoped that this will become one of the vital events of the university and organised every year.
This is a celebration we love and in which we unite is a celebration that shall never stop. Shubho Naboborsho.
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