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In pictures: Pohela Boishakh in Dhaka

  • Published at 08:52 pm April 14th, 2019

The celebration of Pohela Boishakh is an integral part of Bangali culture

Dhaka dwellers are celebrating Pohela Boishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1426, with zeal and festivities.

Manik Mia Avenue was adorned with Alpona, marking the beginning of a new year.

Rapid Action Battalion and other law-enforcement agencies have taken heavy security measures to ensure smooth celebrations.

University of Dhaka Fine Arts Faculty brought out the traditional “Mongol Shobhajatra” from its premises at 9am on Sunday, with a call for unity.

The celebration of Pohela Boishakh has become an integral part of Bangali culture since it began over six centuries ago.

Mughal Emperor Akbar, introduced the Bangla calendar in 1556 of the Gregorian calendar, to streamline the timing of land tax collection in the then "Subah Bangla" region, much of which falls in current-day Bangladesh.