Health Desk: 14 April 2018: Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla calendar, is being celebrated across the country on Saturday amid festivity and gaiety.
True to their centuries’ old tradition, people from all walks of life are visiting different popular and historic spots in the capital and elsewhere to hail the New Year 1425 with new hopes and aspirations for a better, peaceful year.
The celebrations of Pahela Baishakh have become an integral part of Bangalees since it began over six centuries back.
Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the Bangla calendar in 1556 of the Gregorian calendar in a bid to streamline the timing of land tax collection in the then ‘Subah Bangla’ region, the much of which falls under Bangladesh.
The day is a public holiday.
On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages conveying their New Year's greetings to the people of the country and all Bengla-speaking people across the world.
Traders and shopkeepers across the country have opened ‘Halkhata’ (new book of accounts) and entertain customers and visitors with sweets on the first day of the New Year as part of the tradition and culture.
On every return of Pahela Baishak, also the country’s biggest cultural festival, people from all walks of life, especially the youths, come out on the roads at daybreak wearing traditional dresses to celebrate the day.
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