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November, the month of festivals

  • Published at 12:01 am November 14th, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:51 am November 14th, 2016
November, the month of festivals

The conclusion of the three-night Dhaka International Folk Fest on November 13 serves to highlight how much Dhaka has to offer as a city.

Thousands of people came together to witness the final night which featured musicians from all over the world.

Featuring local giants such as Momtaz Begum and famed international celebrities such as Kailash Kher, the event was a spectacle through and through.

This month, Dhaka is also set to host the Dhaka Lit Fest, which begins on November 17, and the ever-expanding Bengal Classical Music Festival, which kicks off on November 24.

Festivals such as these go a long way in showing the cultural diversity of Dhaka as a city, and the plethora of interests and endeavours that its denizens exhibit.

Each of these festivals highlights a different aspect of the city and its many inhabitants, and makes it an international platform worth engaging with.

The continuous success of these fetes are a clear indicator of what Dhaka has to offer culturally, not just to its own citizens, but to the rest of the world.

Despite the innumerable tragedies we have had to endure this year, the fact that these festivals are being organised unhindered is a sign of the resilience of the Bangladeshi people, sending a loud message to those who have tried and failed to break the country’s unity.

The congregation of people from all religions, ethnicities, and ages is a beautiful reminder of Bangladesh’s rich, diverse history, and the secular ideals we have championed ever since our liberation 45 years ago.

Make no mistake, Dhaka is, and always has been, a cultural hub -- this is merely the tip of the iceberg.