Autumn beauty: Catkin flowers fascinate people of Kushtia

The catkin flowers on barren land, especially the Char areas, hint at the return of Autumn and attract numerous people of different ages to visit the fields

Autumn in Bangladesh is a season of soothing sights. Gentle breezes drive broken white clouds across the blue sky in the day, and the same clouds obstruct the moonlight to make the night sky seem like a dreamscape.

In Autumn, we feel the dew on the grass soak our feet at dawn and dusk, a couple of months ahead of the winter.


Touching the ground with bare feat in autumn is a great way to reconnect with nature. Something about the feel of dewy grass revitalizes the soul and makes feet happy for the entire day.

Autumn also gives life to the catkin fields, and the wind makes these naturally-grown soft plants sway and release their fluttering feathers. Poets, writers, composers, singers and nature-loving commoners are all delighted when the distinctive signs of Autumn’s arrival start to show.

The catkin flowers on barren land, especially the Char areas, hint at the return of Autumn and attract numerous people of different ages to visit the fields. Fields in Kushtia become a sight to behold due to the mesmerizing beauty of catkin flowers.

Every day, many people from different parts of the district visit the Monipark area on the bank of the Padma River in Bheramara upazila. Crowds are also seen in the meadows adjacent to the mouth of the Garai river that flows through the city of Kushtia.


Babul Ahmed came to Monipark from the Khandakbaria area of Mirpur upazila with his wife and son. The couple said they were fascinated by the sight of the white clouds and catkin flowers swaying all the way to the horizan. 

“It is breathtaking,” they said in chorus, adding that their child was also happy to see the flowers and to be able to run and play.


Solaiman Hossain, who came from Dhaka to visit his ancestral home in the city, said: “Black and white broken clouds block the golden sun as the wind flows unceasingly in the afternoon. The catkin flowers add an extra level of beauty.”