Report on "Pahela
Baishakh" celebration in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh
Baishakh”, the biggest and most colorful festival and the first day of the
Bangla year 1421, was celebrated in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh on 14
April with its customary fanfare and festivity. Children, mothers and
co-workers gathered in the venues in SOS Children's Villages premises since
morning wearing red and white colour based traditional dresses. The venues were decorated
traditionally with festoons, replicas of animals, and other traditional
symbols. The most attractive part of the
programme was cultural function where our children presented songs, recitation,
dances, fashion shows, etc. based on Pahela Baishakh. Children were presented
traditional fluits, "jhunjhuni", balloons as well as traditional sweets
"Kodma", "Batasha", etc.
Some villages also arranged additional programs like "Kite flying
Event", outing, etc.
The day started
with having breakfast with "Panta Bhat" (watered rice) with fried
Hilsa fish, supplemented with potato and brinjal mash, pickles (achar),
green chilies and onion and some sweet dishes also. Special dishes were arranged
in houses also for lunch and dinner time.