The recent surge in Covid-19 infections has forced the DU authorities to cancel the procession, an integral part of Pohela Boishakh celebration
The Dhaka University authorities have decided to cancel Mongol Shobhajatra, a mass procession that is brought out on the morning of Pohela Boishakh, this year in light of the sharp rise in Covid-19 infections.
The university’s public relations office issued a notice in this regard on Monday, saying that the decision had been made considering the upcoming nationwide strict lockdown, which will be effective from Pohela Boishakh, as well as the current pandemic situation in the country.
This is the second consecutive year that Mongol Shobhajatra, an integral part of Bangla New Year celebrations, has been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, as a symbolic program, various masks and props of Mongol Shobhajatra, made by the students of the university’s Faculty of Fine Arts, will be put on display, which is set to be broadcast by electronic media.
No fairs, cultural programs, and public gatherings will be held on the campus this year, the statement added.
The DU authorities have sought everyone’s cooperation to overcome the pandemic together.