FARIDPUR, April 15(BSS)- Pahela Baishakh-the first day of Bengali new year-1419 was celebrated here yesterday amid much fanfare and jubilant programmes from dawn to dusk.
The day's programme began at the 'Swadhinata Chattar'(court compound) organized by a local literary-cultural organization Faridpur Sahittya Sanskriti Unnayan Sangstha with Labour and Employment and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain as the chief guest who also inaugurated a ten-day long fair at the same venue.
It was followed by a colourful procession with the participation of people of all walks of life led by the Minister.
The function, presided over by Deputy Commissioner Helaluddin Ahmed, was addressed, among others, by Awami League advisory council member SM Nurunnabi, Pourasabha Mayor Sk Mahatab Ali Methu and acting Police Super Bijoy Basak.
The Minister discussed the past glories of our nation and urged to uphold the rich culture.
The function held here included cultural function, recitations.
Many other organizations including Officers Club, Ladies Club, Faridpur Shahittay Parishad and Faridpur Press Club celebrated the day through various programmes.