Bangladeshis celebrate Pohela Boisakh in Riyadh
Thousands of Bangladesh expatriates gathered here to celebrate their Bengali New Year, Pohela Boishakh, in a festive environment in Riyadh on Friday.
The event was organized by the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh to promote social cultural activities under the “Boishakh Fair”, which drew thousands of Bangladeshi people from different parts of Saudi Arabia
The embassy's Defense Attaché Brigadier General Shah Alam Chowdhury inaugurated the ceremony as the chief guest on behalf of Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi.
Speaking on the occasion, Chowdhury said the event was organized to refresh the cultural activities of the country and he also urged his countrymen to project the right image of Bangladesh in the Kingdom by showing their loyalty and hard work to their sponsors and also work for the uplift of the host nation as well as the motherland .
Ambassador wife Syeda Gule Arju Moshi was also present at the fair as special guest.
Embassy officials and Bangladesh community leaders including their family members also participated in the fair.
There were 35 stalls displaying the products, services and cuisine of Bangladesh.
The food stalls served traditional Bangladesh dishes ,while the textile stalls exhibited the Jamdani saris and various Bangladeshi Products.
The cultural program organized by the embassy with guidance of Counselor Dr. Farid Uddin entertained the audience with Bengali New Year song "Esho He Boishakh."
At the beginning of the ceremony, special guests were draped with Gamcha (colorful shawls),which is a welcome gesture according to Bangladesh traditions.
Md. Fokhrul Islam Second Secretary (Press) of Bangladesh Embassy told Riyadh Daily it was a grand community event which projected the cultural and traditional features of Bangladesh.
Pohela Boishakh or Bengali New Year is the traditional new year day of the Bengali people. It is celebrated on 14 April as a national holiday in Bangladesh, and on 15 April in India. The festival date is set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of its first month Baishakh. In Bengali, Pohela stands for 'first' and Boishakh is first month of Bengali calendar. The festival is celebrated with processions, fairs and family time. The traditional greeting for Bengali New Year is Shubho Nabobarsho which is means Happy New Year.