People of all ages, from all parts of the capital, on Tuesday came to Gandaria, Shankhari Bazaar and Luxmibazar, the oldest parts of the city to experience an event that is unlike any other
Old Dhaka’s “Shakrain,” a kite festival traditionally held at the end of Poush, the ninth month of the Bengali calendar, has once again brought the whole of Dhaka together for a celebration that one could miss at one’s own risk.
People of all ages, from all parts of the capital, on Tuesday came to Gandaria, Shankhari Bazaar and Luxmibazar, the oldest parts of the city to experience an event that is unlike any other.
The festivities started early in the morning as people of Old Dhaka, despite the dense fog, took to the rooftops of almost every building there and started flying kites while others were seen busy preparing and setting up music and lighting systems for the evening party.
Biplob, a resident of Gandaria, said: “We, from the oldest ones of our families to the youngest members, come together to celebrate Shakrain. This is something that is very close to our hearts and is an Old Dhaka tradition.
“People from all parts of Dhaka come here to enjoy and have a good time. We welcome them with open arms and warm hospitality.”
As the day progressed, the sun soon smiled on Old Dhaka and boys and girls screamed along “Bhakatta Lot” whenever one kite flyer defeated somebody else.
Old Dhaka resident Avro said: “We fly kites of different types and colours. We also have extravagant fireworks in the evening.
“We also party till late at night. It all happens here, in Old Dhaka, for Shakrain.”
As the sun was setting, fireworks from all around, in whichever direction one looked, lit up the skies over Old Dhaka in all shades of colour.
Fire breathing could be seen on the roofs as a means of entertaining people. Loud music, be it of any language or genre, awakened the whole city, with people losing themselves in dance and never missing a beat.
As the festival continued with different types of light shows and music, one thing could be said for sure: this Old Dhaka tradition acts as a bridge for the people of Dhaka to forget everything and just enjoy together, at least once.