The nation is set to welcome Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, on Friday.
Pahela Baishakh or the first day of Bangla calendar 1424 will be celebrated on April 14 amid traditional festivities and enthusiasm across the country under tight security cover.
Different socio-cultural organisations and institutions have chalked out various programmes to mark the country’s biggest cultural festival at the advent of the New Year.
Men, wearing panjabi-pyjama, women, attired in sari with red borders, and children in colorful dresses all will throng traditional Baishakhi Mela (fair) and other cultural functions in the city and elsewhere in the country.
People will take ‘Panta Bhat (watery rice)’ with fried fish, lentils, green chili and onions at home, restaurants and fairs following the rich tradition of Bangla culture.
The day is a public holiday.
Thousands of people, especially the youths wearing traditional dresses, will throng traditional venues at different parts of the capital, including Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Udyan, Central Shaheed Minar, Dhaka University, Shahbagh, Dhanmondi Lake and Hatirjheel, and different spots to celebrate the day.
Meanwhile, an eye-catching amphitheatre and a grand musical dancing fountain, set up at the city’s Hatirjheel Lake to attract more visitors and tourists, have been opened as Pahela Baishakh gifts for the city dwellers.
Inaugurating those today, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the newly-constructed architectural establishments -- the amphitheatre and the musical fountain -- are Pahela Baishakh gifts for the city dwellers and the country’s people.