Pahela Baishakh celebrations as part of the country’s tradition : PM
There are no connections between Pohela Boishakh and religion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina denounces the notion that Pohela Boishakh and religion conflict in any way at Ganabhaban on
Sheikh Hasina said Pohela Boishakh has been celebrated since the Mughal empire.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday described Pahela Baishakh celebrations as part of the country’s tradition.
“There is no link between the celebration of Bangla Nababarsha (new year) and the religion … the festival is a part of (our) cultural heritage,” the prime minister was quoted to have told a function.
In this context, she called on people to stay alert about spreading confusions regarding the celebration on the first day of the Bangla new year, report state-run BSS and private news agency UNB.
“The word, Mangal, doesn’t evolve from the Hindu religion and the practice of Halkhata began during the Mughal rule. There’s no scope of spreading confusion about it,” she added.
The premier was addressing at the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected Narsingdi District Council chairman Abdul Matin Bhuiyan at her office in Djaka.
The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the event.
She said Pahela Baishakh is a universal festival which is celebrated by the people of all faiths. “It’s the only festival which the people of all religions celebrate together,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that Nababarsha is celebrated even in China and Iran and there is no justification to mix up it with religion.
She reiterated her call to the countrymen not to eat hilsha in Pahela Bashakh to help boost production of the country’s national fish.
“I would like to call upon all not to catch and eat hilsha in Pahela Baishakh … instead, you can take ‘khichuri’ (yellow rice), ‘panta bhat’ (soaked rice), vegetables, fried egg and burnt dry chilli,” she said.
Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath to the newly elected Zila Parishad chairman.
Matin was elected chairman of Narsingdi Zila Parishad unopposed in the by-polls. The post fell vacant after Asaduzzaman died on 1 February.
LGRD division secretary Abdul Malek conducted the function while LGRD minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, the premier’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and senior PMO secretary Suraiya Begum were present.