Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring in the Bengali calendar, was celebrated across the country amid festivities on Tuesday.
Bakultola at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) was the centre point of the celebration.
Thousands of young men and women gathered there in the morning and celebrated the day by singing songs, reciting poems and dancing.
The entire DU campus and the Ekushey Book Fair premises became one of the best places to gather with friends, family members and beloved ones.
Pahela Falgun brings colour not only to the nature, but also to the life and minds of people of all ages.
The day has been mentioned in Bengali literature as one of the most important festivals of the local culture.
“Flowers blossoming or not, today is Basanto”, wrote Subhash Mukhopadhya, a famous Bengali poet, describing the arrival of Pahela
Girls wear ‘bashonti’ [yellow or orange] saris and floral ornaments while boys clothe themselves in colourful panjabis to welcome the arrival of spring on the day.
“In Bengali, Falgun is considered a month of love and youthfulness.Pahela Falgun is a national festival in our country. It has become more popular in recent time as there is a non-communal environment around us,” Bangla Academy Director General Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan told the daily sun on Tuesday.