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Sylhet prepares to celebrate ‘Pahela Baishakh’

38All kinds of preparations are being taken in the sylhet city and its surroundings areas to bid farewell to the outgoing Bangla year 1421 and welcome the Bangla New Year 1422 in a befitting manner, shedding off all tensions for the country’s ongoing political impasse.    Various programmes have been chalked out to mark the occasions  on April 13 and 14 respectively. Volunteers of sylhet Udichi and sylhet Natak are working day and night to organise traditional ‘Mangal Shovajatra’ (welcome procession) from central shohid miner  with ‘Rakhi Bandhan (friendship ties), Dhak (drum) festival and Shakh ( conch) festival ceremony and motifs of Bangali folk and daily life on April 14 morning.
This year, Udichi will observe the 33rd anniversary of ‘Baidhaki Uthsab’ at historic Brojo Mohon  School premises.  Charukala will also celebrate the Bangla new year.
Three-day long ‘Boishakh Utsov’ with ‘Boishakhi Mela’ ( Bangla new year’s fair) focusing on regional life, folk and heritage, including preparation and marketing of different handicraft items, performing folk songs and dramas like Jari, Sari, Royani, Hoyla. ‘Kheyali’, ‘Sabdaboli’ and other cultural organisations are also taking preparations to mark the festival.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police has taken preparations to hold Boishakhi festival at police lines ground this year for the family members of police.
On the other hand,  Chander Hut at sylhet  on the park premises and local businessmen at surma market will  arrange Choitra Sangkranti Utsav, Boishakhi Mela, and cultural programme in the city from  April 12. ‘Kheyali Group Theater’ arranged ‘Sangskritik Adda’ with cultural show on their office premises to bid farewell to the departing Bangla year and welcome the new Bangla year .
Sylhet district  administration in cooperation with Shilpakala and Shushu Academy will arrange  programmes, including  discussion meeting and cultural function, children and juvenile painting competition to observe Pahela Boishakh by the district administration.
The local administration has taken a special programme for the Dalit community.
The civil administration and law enforcing agencies will take  special measures for safety and security of the people at the  functions and at the fair venues of Pahela Boishakh by ensuring power supply at night, deploying mobile patrol, setting up check posts at the sensitive and key points and constant vigilance against pick-pockets and eve- teasers.

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