People are set to witness a more colourful and joyous day on Friday as this year both Pahela Falgun, the first day of Spring, and the Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on the weekend.
The festival-loving Bangladeshi people are ready to welcome and celebrate the day with great joy and love in a colourful manner.
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.
Keeping pace with the rest of the world, Bangladeshis also celebrate the Valentine’s Day with their beloved ones.
Valentine’s Day is a much-sought day for young couples. It is an occasion for them to go on long hangout wearing dazzling dresses to express love to each other exchanging flowers and gifts.
There is little doubt that the city is going to wear a different look on Friday with young revellers roaming around the city.
There are various arrangements in the capital to welcome the spring. Different socio-cultural organisations will hold various programmes, including music festivals, on the Dhaka University campus throughout the day.
Marking the Valentine’s Day, various restaurants in big cities of the country have arranged special offers. Different gift shops are also trying to boost their businesses on the occasion with varied range of gift items.
Both shopping malls and online business pages offered special gifts or matching clothes for their loved ones, while flower markets are busy stocking red roses for the day.
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an ancient Roman tradition which has been celebrated in European countries for ages.
These days it is widely celebrated in Asia, including Bangladesh, thanks to its fast globalization.
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German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh unveiled the locker-mural titled Übernatural: Unlocked on Tuesday at the Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi.
The mural project features 12 supernatural characters from German and Bengali traditions illustrated by 13 artists. A musical performance by Alex and the Monsters was followed by a story-telling session and a scavenger hunt during which visitors won Goethe-Institut goodies and HerStory Foundation’s books.
The initiative is a project by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, facilitated by HerStory Foundation.
“Back in January, Goethe-Institut commissioned HerStory Foundation to beautify the bag lockers that are used by visitors of the Institute. The result is a mural by 13 artists illustrating 12 supernatural female characters from Bengali and German folk traditions”, Goethe’s Information Officer Sharmin Shoma told UNB.
She further explained that the beautification of the storage facilities unlocks the many powerful female-driven narratives of the two cultures.
The stories and the artists are- Mader Gaan by Aabir Khalid, Patal Konya Monimala by Ahmed Fahim, Tanyabi Firti by Antora Mehrukh Azad, Rapunzel by Fj Mony, Frau Prechta by Farah Khandaker, Sultana’s Dream by Inshra Sakhawat Russell, Brunhild by Kabir Ava, Übernatural: Unlocked - typography by Kazi Istela, Frau Holle by Rafiuzzaman Rhythom, Chadburi by Sayeef Mahmud, Lorelei by Shourov Khan, Behula and Manasha by Venessa Kaiser and Bon Bibi by Wasi Ahmed.
With the participation of 400 drama groups across 64 districts, the first ever National Drama Festival 2020 will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is organising the stage-drama extravaganza from February 12 to February 29 in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 18-day-long festival at 11.30 am on Wednesday through video conferencing from Prime Minister’s official residence Ganabhaban. BSA’s divisional offices in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet will join the inauguration. Besides, the programme will also aired from the DC offices at the same time.
A press conference was held at the National Theatre Hall’s seminar room on Tuesday. BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Association’s President Liaquat Ali Lucky briefed the journalists about the details of the festival.
The mega festival will be joined by 30,000 drama activists from 400 drama groups of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
A total of 302 dramas are scheduled to be staged in all the venues of BSA in those divisions and districts. Several plays will also be staged as street-drama.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s General Secretary Kamal Bayezid, BSA Secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan and other officials were present at the press briefing.
The launching programme of a book on killing of intellectuals in 1971 "Abornoniyo Nirmamtar Chitra : Ekattorer Budhidhijibee Hottayakando O Annanya” (Indescribable story of Torture: Killing of intellectuals in 1971 and Others) written by Justice Obaidul Hasan will be held Thursday.
The programme will be held at the judge's corner of the Supreme Court at 5pm. Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will be present as the chief guest in the programme.
The justice who joined the International Crimes Tribunal in 2012 heard the horrible killings of intellectual in 1971 and published those stories in the book.
The readers will find the details of the description of the killings from the witnesses as he was the chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal 2 during the intellectual killing case verdict.
Alongside, he also added his writings on different issues in his compilation.
Hasan was the son of the organiser of Liberation War Dr. Akhlakul Hossain who participated in the formulation of the constitution after the war as the member of the constituency assembly.
Publisher Ahmed Mahmudul Haque of Mowla Brothers published the book.
The 136 page book is now available at the Mowla Brothers Pavilion (29) at the book fair.