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Bangla New Year 1431 and Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti celebrated in Doha

Staff Correspondent
18 May 2024 18:52:54 | Update: 18 May 2024 19:08:15
Bangla New Year 1431 and Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti celebrated in Doha
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The Embassy of Bangladesh in collaboration with the Bangladesh MHM School & College celebrated the Bangla New Year 1431 and Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti with great festivity. On this occasion, a day long Boihsakhi fair was organised on Friday at the premises of Bangladesh MHM School & College.

The school premises were decorated with beautifully drawn alpona (traditional graffiti), motifs, balloons, festoons, posters, flowers to showcase the Bengali culture.

Around five thousand people of all ages and all professions including members of Bangladesh community and expatriate communities of other countries including neighbouring countries of South Asia gathered at the celebration of Bangla New Year 1431 and Rabindra and Nazrul Jayanti, according to a press release.

The programme of the day was formally inaugurated by the ambassador which was followed by holding of the traditional Mangal Shovajatra (New Year Peace Rally) in which both expatriate Bangladesh community and expatriates’ foreign communities wearing traditional dresses took part with enthusiasm and festivity.

A number of stalls were set up at the Fair by the members of Bangladesh and Indian community. Traditional items including food, handicrafts, ornaments, cottage and handloom, fashion wear cloth items etc. were displayed at the stalls.

The Embassy of Bangladesh also set up a pavilion at the fair where various historical books on the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and glorious liberation war were displayed.  A consular booth by the Embassy was also installed to extend necessary consular services.  

There was a spectacular cultural event including songs, dances and recitation of poem presented by two Doha based Indian Cultural Groups namely Bangiya Parishad and Thrissur Art Centre of Kerala, the students of Bangladesh School, members of the Embassy and Doha based Bangladeshi band Boishakhi.

The performers presented colorful dances depicting the rich culture, history and heritage of Bangladesh. Some famous songs and poems of Rabindra Nath and Nazrul Islam were also presented at Event. 

The Ambassador Md Nazrul Islam, in his speech, highlighted the significance of the Bangla New Year and underlined that the colourful celebration by all people irrespective of their religious beliefs represented the excellent communal harmony in Bangladesh. He then briefly discussed the life and works of Rabindra Nath and Nazrul Islam and touched upon their invaluable contributions to the development of Bangla language and literature.

The Ambassador urged all to support the government of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to achieve the goals of its vision to transform Bangladesh into a “Golden Bengal” as envisioned by the Father of the Nation. He then thanked foreign guests and the Bangladesh community in Qatar for their spontaneous participation in the event.

The Embassy arranged traditional delicious Bangladeshi foods for the invited guests.