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Covid upsurge: Boisabi festival in hills cancelled

  • Published at 06:14 pm April 3rd, 2021
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Offering flowers to deities in waterbodies are a part of the Boisabi rituals Dhaka Tribune

Tripura Welfare Foundation President Suresh Tripura said like the previous year no festival will be held this year due to the pandemic 

Boisabi Utsab, the biggest traditional festival of indigenous people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), has been cancelled in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

Boisabi celebration usually begins on April 12 but this year the celebration committee has cancelled all kinds of events to contain the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Intu Moni Chakma, member secretary of Biju, Baisu, Sangraing, Bishu-2021 Celebration Committee, said: "We are cancelling  all our events as per the government order due to the corona situation."

“All events that will create public gatherings have been cancelled but the publication will be released.”

Tripura Welfare Foundation President Suresh Tripura said like the previous year no festival will be held this year.

“As per the government instructions we have suspended all kinds of ceremonies, including floating flowers in the river for Mother Ganges,” he further said.

The word Boisabi is a combination of the Bengali acronyms for various indigenous festivals like Boishuk for the Tripura community people, Sangrai of the Marma community, and Bizu for the Chakma community.

On the first day of the festival, people float flowers in rivers or spring water and take baths seeking divine blessings for their peace and prosperity.

Every year 13 ethnic communities living in Rangamati celebrate  festivals centering Biju, Sangrai, Baisuk, Bishu, Bihu, Jol Utsab and Bengali New Year. Various sports events and cultural programs are arranged from April 9.

Covid-19 cases have been soaring in Bangladesh at an alarming rate for the past few weeks and the government on Saturday announced that it is set to enforce a 7-day lockdown from  Monday to stem the spread of Covid-19.

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