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.
The first of Falgun is known as Pahela Falgun and usually falls on February 13 of the Gregorian calendar.
After the dryness of winter, new leaves start to come out again and the nature adorns the branches with new colorful flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold.
Normally Girls are dressed in “bashonti” (yellow or orange) colored sarees and adorning floral ornaments, while boys wear colorful panjabis to welcome the arrival of spring in the day.
The festival-loving people welcomed and celebrated the day with great joy, love and in a colourful manner.
Bakultola of the Faculty of Fine Arts (Charukala) of Dhaka University (DU) was the centre point of the festival.
Thousands of young men and women gatherd in the morning and celebrated the day by singing songs, reciting poems and dancing.
The entire DU campus and the Ekeushy Boi mela premises become the best places to hang out with friends, family members and beloved ones.
Pohela Falgun brings joy, colour and hope not only in nature, but also in the lives and minds of people of all ages.
Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad arrange the main programmes of the day for around two decades.
The first phase of the daylong celebration began at 7 in the morning at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Charukala) Dhaka University, followed by a colorful procession, dances and songs.
Our Kushtia correspondent said the day was celebrated at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia with the slogan of ‘flowers blossom or not, today is Basanto.’
Bangla Department of the university organized the programme included colorful procession, discussion and cultural function.
The programme began through a colorful procession at 11am. Teachers and students took part in the procession. It ended at the Bangla Monch near faculty building after parading the main roads of the campus.
Later, a discussion and a cultural function were held at Bangla Monch while IU VC Professor Dr M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari addressed it as the chief guest.
Treasurer Professor Dr M Selim Toha, Bangla department Professor Dr Abul Ahsan Chaudhury, Professor Dr M Sarwar Murshed spoke on the festival.
Associate Professor Dr M Baki Billah and Dr Tapan Kumar Roy conducted the discussion and cultural program respectively while Prof Dr Goutam Kumar Das, chairman of Bangla Dept, was in the chair.
A cultural function including recitation, folk, music and dance was held by the participation of the teachers and students of the department.
In Bhola, Students and teachers of Bhola Govt College celebrated the day in the morning on the college premises by observing various functions including dance, music and poem recitation, reports our correspondent.
Madaripur correspondent reported that several cultural organisations including Udichi, Matra, Gaika and district administration celebrated the day with various functions.
In Khulna, students of Khulna University brought out a clourful procession on the campus in the morning and later they organised a cultural programme by performing dances and music, said our correspondent.
The day was also celebrated in many other of the districts including Meherpur, Shariatpur, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Barisal, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Gaibandah and Gazipur.