Thousands of people thronged the streets and different popular places in Dhaka city and elsewhere across Bangladesh to welcome Nababarsha.
The nation celebrated its most colourful and traditional festival Pahela Baishakh on Friday.
Cultural and musical groups started off the first day of the Bangla New Year with songs and other performances at city parks while students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University and youngsters brought out a "Mongol Shobhajatra" (procession of good wishes) in the morning as part of the carnival.
The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of "Esho hey Baishakh esho esho" everywhere in Bangladesh gave the day really a festive dimension.
Men in traditional pajamas and 'punjabi' and women in white and red saris joined the celebrations along with children in colourful attires, streaming through Dhaka streets as the first light of the sun rang in Bangla New Year.
National dailies have brought out colourful supplements while state-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes to mark the occasion. Festive mood gripped all major cities and towns with different programmes of cultural groups.
Ramna Batamul appeared as the main attraction of the New Year celebrations as "Chhayanaut" and other cultural groups have been staging traditional functions since morning.
The day was a public holiday.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Nababarsha 1424.
The traditional Mongol Shovajartas were also brought out at divisional, district and upazila levels to reach the traditional programme to grassroots as it earned the UNESCO recognition.
However, business communities, especially in the rural areas opened their traditional 'Halkhata', new account books to mark the day.
Important buildings and establishments as well as city streets and islands were illuminated with colourful lights and graffiti were painted in the walls signifying the arts, culture and heritage of the country.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote organised solo and chorus folk music, dance and recitation of poems at Mirpur, Dania, Rayerbazar and different places in the capital city in the afternoon.
Bangla Academy staged cultural function and solo lecture at Rabindra-Chattar on the premises of the academy since 7.30am while a 10-day book-fair titled "Boier Arang" began marking the festival.
Besides, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation and Bangla Academy organizesd a 10-day Baishakhi Fair on the academy premises.
Dhakeswai National Temple also organised fair while Jatiya Press Club arranged a variety of traditional food items for the members and their family on the club premises. Dhaka Reporters' Unity also arranged identical programme.
Intensified security measure was ensured across the country including capital Dhaka to avert any untoward incident on Pahela Baishakh celebration. source – BSS