Pahela Boishakh

Pahela Boishakh

Unit : 3 | Lesson : 6

‘Pahela Boishakh’ is the first day of Bangla new year. The day is a public holiday. This day has a special significance for us as it is a part of Bangalee culture and tradition. people from all walks of life, irrespective of their ethnic identity or religious beliefs, celebrate the day with traditional festivities. On this day, the whole of Bangladesh is in a festive mood. The day inspires people to start life with renewed hopes and inspirations.
Every year the day is celebrated traditionally. People wake up early in the morning, have a bath and wear their traditional clothes. Women wear white sarees with red borders and adorn themselves with colourful churls and flowers while men dress themselves in pajamas and punjabis. It is a day when people love eating traditional food.


One of the most colourful events of the day is held in Dhaka. Early in the morning, people in hundreds and thousands pour in from all directions to attend the cultural function at Ramna Batamul organised by Chhyanata. The cultural programme begins just at sunrise and the renowned artists of the country take part in the programme that starts with the famous Tagore-song Esho-he-Boishakh, Esho Esho…… Artists also sing traditional folk songs, and display classical dances with the rhythm of musical instruments.
People also come to join the colourful processions, the biggest carnival of the country, organised by the Fine Arts students of Dhaka University. The procession usually displays the traditional practices of Bangalee culture. The masks and wreaths worn by the people are so fascinating! Often they symbolise contemporary worries or happiness in the national life. It attracts an increasing number of foreign tourists every year.
The day is also observed all over the country. Different social and cultural organizations and  educational institutions celebrate the day with their own cultural programmes.
On this day, newspapers bring out special supplements. There are also special programmes on the radio and television.
The celebration of Pahela Boishakh marks a day of cultural unity for the whole nation irrespective of caste and creed.



Multiple Choice Questions

(a) She asked Bayazid to give her a glass of water, but he could not find any water in the pitcher.
(b) Once Hazrat Bayazid Bustami came home to see his ailing mother.
(c) But she again fell asleep.
(d) So, he went to the well quite far from the house.
(e) She woke up some hours later.
(f) He filled the pitcher, came back and went to his mother with a glass of water.
(g) As he was still standing by her bed, his mother drank the glass of water and blessed him from the core of heart.
(h) He, instead of waking her up, stood by her bed with the glass of water in his hand.