Health Desk-- April 14, 2017: Pahela Baishakh, the traditional new year day of the Bengali people, is being celebrated across Bangladesh with traditional festivities on Friday.
Aiming to welcome the Bangla New Year, 1424 people of all walks of life gathered at different popular spots at dawn in capital Dhaka and elsewhere.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed Bangla New Year's greetings to the countrymen on this day.
In separate messages on the eve of Pahela Baishakh- 1424, they wished peace, happiness and prosperity of the people and the country in the New Year.
The day is a public holiday.
Thousands of people, especially the youths wearing traditional dresses, have thronged traditional venues at different parts of the capital to celebrate the day.
Students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University brought out a 'Mongol Shuvajatra (the procession of good wishes)' in the morning.
However, this time around, there is a ban on wearing masks during 'Mongol Shovajatra', carrying matches, lighters, handbags and vuvuzelas.
Mughal Emperor Akbar started the Bangla calendar year in 1556 and the celebration of Pahela Baishakh began during his rule. Now it has become an integral part of the Bangali's cultural heritage and tradition and turned into a day of merriment.
Around 11,000 uniformed policemen along with plainclothes ones have been deployed for ensuring security during the celebrations though there is no specific security alert.
However, the programmes to be held at open spaces in Dhaka University area have been asked to shut by 6:00pm. "Elsewhere in Dhaka, those will have to be shut by 5:00pm."
Health related web portal amarhealth.com wishing you all the best on this special day and good luck for the future.