The advent of Bengali New Year 1428 will be celebrated across the country today on a limited scale through online and symbolic programmes.
The government has imposed a fresh week-long restriction ordering closures of all offices, both government and private, for a week from April 14 morning till April 21 midnight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Celebrities urged all to celebrate Pahela Baishakh indoors and not to go outside unless it is absolutely necessary.
Nazrul sangeet singer Fatima Tuz Zohra said, ‘Pahela Baishakh is one of the most colourful festivals celebrated in our country but we cannot celebrate the occasion outdoors this year due to the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Life is more valuable than anything else. So, I urge all to stay at home and celebrate the occasion with your family. I will celebrate Pahela Baishakh at home with my family and participate in two online events.’
Poet-essayist Razu Alauddin said, ‘Bengali people celebrate Pahela Baishakh with utmost festivity. Due to the COVID-19-induced situation, no outdoor programmes will be held this year. I urge all celebrate Pahela Baishakh indoors. Human life takes precedence over all celebrations. We will be able to celebrate Pahela Baishakh on a large scale in future if we survive.’
Singer Fahmida Nabi said, ‘Every year, I celebrate Pahela Baishakh amid festivity and participate in special programmes. I will celebrate the occasion at home this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. I urge all to follow health directives and stay home. Let’s try our best to stay safe so that we can celebrate Pahela Baishakh to our heart’s content in future.’
Dancer Shibli Mohammad said, ‘I along with my fellow dancers of Nrityanchal used to celebrate Pahela Baishakh participating in special programmes. I will celebrate the occasion at home this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. I will also participate in online programmes. I urge all to stay at home to protect themselves from the dreadful virus. If we survive, we will be able to celebrate Pahela Baishakh again in future.’
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