Bangladesh — Festivals and Events
Bangladeshi people are keen on incorporating traditions into their daily lives. Their festivals are a reflection of the unique customs and beautiful mix of culture. Most of the indigenous traditions that center around agricultural practices have been well preserved throughout history, including the festival of the new harvest (Nabonno) and the jovial and colorful celebration of New Year, locally known as Pawhela Boishakh.
Of all the secular national festivities in Bangladesh, New Year’s Day is the most celebrated. The Pawhela Boishakh festival is marked by a wide variety of cultural shows (Boishakhi Mela) and other programs. Everyone eats sweets and dresses up in kurtas or saris, wishing everyone a joyous new beginning.
Celebrated on the 21st day of February every year, Ekushey is known as the National Mother Language Day, which marks the anniversary of the martyrdom of those who died while protesting the imposition of Urdu as the national language of East and West Pakistan. Political leaders, writers, intellectuals, poets, artisans and singers offer tributes to those that suffered.
March 16th celebrates the proclamation of Bangladesh’s independence, and each year, numerous events are held to commemorate the historic date.
Victory Day remembers the day the Pakistani army surrendered to the joint Bangladeshi and Indian Forces which is celebrated December 16.
The date of Eid-ul-Fitr varies each year based on the Muslim calendar. A feast that marks the completion of the holy month of Ramadan (the month of fasting), this is the largest festival celebrated annually in Bangladesh, followed by Eid-ul-Azha.
Bangladeshis are predominantly Muslim, but some are devoted to other faiths, such as Hinduism. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the Hindu community. Different rituals are observed, including the immersion of an idol of Durga into the river. Events are held at the Dhakeswari Temple and last for 10 days.
Christmas is celebrated by the Christian community in Bangladesh. On the eve of December 25th, congregational prayers are held in various churches, particularly in Tejgaon.