Staff Correspondent: Pahela Falgun, the first day of Spring in the Bengali month of Falgun, celebrated across the country yesterday in a colourful way with young girls and boys joining various functions wearing dazzling dresses. Falgun is the eleventh month in the Bengali calendar and the first month of the season, Spring, the king of all the six seasons that brings back warm sunshine, budding flowers and dancing of birds. The first of Falgun is known as Pahela Falgun and usually falls on 13 February of the Gregorian calendar.
After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colourful flowers such as shimul, polash and marigold.
Clad in yellow, orange and other bright colours that symbolise the Bangla season Bashanto (Spring), the people are in line for welcoming the season with a myriad of flowers, poems, songs and dances.
The season spreads through the next month, Chaitra, the last month of Bengali year.
The Spring’s flowers such as shimul, polash, marigold are being worn by women, who adorn themselves with ‘Bashonti’ clothing – mostly in yellow, orange and red.
Dhaka University has always been the cultural heartbeat of the city, hence it is the venue for all cultural celebration, and Pohela Falgun this year is no different.
Bakultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) was the centre point of the festival.
Thousands of young men and women gathered from the morning and to celebrating the day singing songs, reciting poems and dancing.
The entire DU campus and the Ekeushy Boi Mela premises became the best places to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones.
Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad was arranging the main programmes of the day for around two decades.
The parishad was arranging different programmes including songs and recitation of poems except regular programmes.
Band concerts held at various points of the campus, where a larger crowd is being anticipated later in the last afternoon.
Different private universities and colleges also arranged programmes, marking the day.