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Dhaka still in holiday mood

  • Most roadside shops, and shopping malls are closed
  • Schools, and colleges to also open next week
Update : 15 Apr 2024, 05:12 PM

Dhaka city is still to get its usual look though the city dwellers have started returning to Dhaka after holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr and Pahela Baishakh.

The bustling capital looks empty, with most of the roadside shops and shopping malls closed and few public and private vehicles on the streets.

The government, semi-government, and private offices, including banks and financial institutions, opened on Monday, but there was a low presence of employees.

Officials and staff were seen exchanging Eid greetings with colleagues by embracing each other.

In the morning, a small number of buses and private vehicles were seen plying the streets in the Malibagh, Shantinagar, Gulshan, Firmgate, Dhamondi, Mirpur, and Shahbagh areas.

Md Yousuf, an employee of a private bank, said: “Still a festive environment is prevailing in the city. There is no traffic jam or chaos on streets. It took me only 6 minutes to reach Gulshan from Rajarbagh area by car that usually takes 30 to 40 minutes on the other regular days due to traffic congestion. It is a temporary relief for Dhaka dwellers.” 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were public holidays on the occasion of Eid. After Eid, Saturday was a weekly holiday, and on Sunday, April 14, it was a Bengali New Year holiday on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.

However, many government and private sector workers who went outside Dhaka to celebrate Eid took optional leave.

As a result, it will take a few more days to start the proceedings in full swing in the offices, courts, banks, and stock market.

Besides, schools and colleges will also open next week. Then the capital will return to normal.

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