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The neighbourhoods of previous Dhaka took on a festive look yesterday night, as folks celebrated Poush Sangkranti, also called Shakrain. The final of the Bengali month Poush was celebrated with daylong kite flying, partying and meals.

The winter twilight sky was adorned with spectacular laser gentle exhibits, fireworks and lanterns.

Shakrain is a standard pageant for the folks of previous Dhaka. The streets of Sutrapur, Kaltabazar, Shakharibazar, Lalbag, Faridabad, Tatibazar, Laxmibazar, Narinda and Gendaria remained abuzz all through the day. Enthusiastic kids began flying kites from the morning.

Individuals gathered on their rooftops with kites in a myriad of colors, shapes and designs. Some introduced loudspeakers to play music, and made certain to make use of these audio system to problem folks on neighbouring rooftops to a kite-fight.

Crowds had been gathered in entrance of retailers promoting kites. Plastic strings gave the impression to be extra well-liked amongst kite flyers.

“Earlier, we used powdered glass to sharpen strings…. However the course of is labourious and time consuming. That is why folks favor plastic strings over cotton,” mentioned Hafizur Rahman, a motor elements businessman at Dholaikhal.

Ahasanullah, a non-public college pupil, mentioned they’ve been celebrating Shakrain since their childhood.

Their relations from completely different elements of the town go to their home on at the present time to rejoice the pageant together with them. “An open invitation is given to all of our relations and buddies. My mom prepares sweets for friends on the day,” he mentioned.

Because of the pandemic, they restricted the variety of friends this 12 months.

In accordance with the photo voltaic calendar, on the final day of the Bengali month – ‘Poush’, the solar strikes in direction of its southward (Dakshinayana) journey on the Tropic of Capricorn and begins transferring in direction of the Tropic of Most cancers.

The day is named ‘Poush Sangkranti’, additionally ‘Makar Sangkranti’ all around the world. The day is well known by the Hindu group in India, Nepal and Bangladesh in lots of cultural kinds, with a wide range of names like Maghe sangkranti (Nepal), Saakrat (Delhi and Haryana), Uttarayan (Gujarat), Maghi (Punjab) and plenty of extra.

Completely different sorts of rice truffles, desserts and confections are made for the event.

“Now we have taken Tk 1,000 from each flat proprietor to rearrange the programme together with kite flying, singing and dancing, fireworks and dinner,” mentioned Mohammad Ripon, caretaker of a home in Shorafotganj.

Mohammad Sohel, a resident of Gendaria mentioned all of their relations took half within the pageant and it’s a longstanding household custom.

He mentioned they may fly kites within the morning. Within the night they may maintain cultural programmes and fireworks.

“It’s a custom in previous Dhaka and we love to remain concerned within the pageant,” mentioned Sohel.

In the meantime, with the slogan — “Let’s Fly Kites and Foster Custom,” the pageant was celebrated in all 75 wards of DSCC.

DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh inaugurated the Shakrain pageant from the rooftop of ward-43 councillor Arif Hossain Chhoton’s Patla Khan Lane residence.

“This pageant brings some aid to folks in the midst of a pandemic. We are going to certainly overcome the coronavirus and transfer ahead sooner or later,” mentioned Mayor Taposh.

DSCC supplied all 100 councillors below its jurisdiction with 100 kites every. The councillors distributed the kites to folks of their space.

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