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Lalon Festival ends on high note

  • Published at 08:24 pm October 18th, 2019
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Bauls perform at the Lalon festival in Khustia on Thursday | Dhaka Tribune

The event had seen a huge turnout of followers and disciples of Lalon who celebrated the spirituality that Lalon preached in his lifetime

The three-day Lalon Festival, marking the 129th death anniversary of Baul legend Fakir Lalon Shah, ended in Kushtia on Friday.

The festival, which took place at Lalon's shrine at Chheuria, was inaugurated on Wednesday evening by Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, also the Kushtia 3 MP.

The event had seen a huge turnout of followers and disciples of Lalon who celebrated the spirituality that Lalon preached in his lifetime.

Motiur Hossain, a Lalon devotee, said: “You don't need any invitation to come to this festival. I have been coming here for the last 33 years, because I love attending this festival."

Lalon died on the first day of the Bangla month of Kartik in 1297, at the age of 116. He was laid to rest beside the Kaliganga River.

Since then, his fans and disciples gather around his cemetery at Chheuria to pay homage to Lalon. People from all over the country and even abroad come to Lalon’s shrine to attend this festival every year.

Sharing the Lalon followers’ sentiment, Kushtia’s Deputy Commissioner Md Aslam Hossain said that the Baul legend had always tried to find truth and preached peace for mankind.

“We made sure that the festival was held safely by beefing up security, and we were also alert to tackle any untoward situation,” he added.