Pohela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali Calendar was celebrated by the farmer organization named Swadhin Krishok Sangathan (SKS) with the support from Unnayan Dhara and its’ development partners Bread for the World, Germany and The Swallows Sweden, at Vatoi & Hatfazilpur Bazar of Shailokupa and Kulbaria village of Sadar upazila of Jhenaidah district and at Alamkhali village of Magura district today on 14 April, 2017. A huge number of farmers and villagers participated in the colouful rally and other local cultural events to observe the day. Eating Panta (soaked rice) was also a major celebrating items of the day.
The agriculture of Bangladesh is closely associated with Bengali Calendar while the farmers used to calculate their seeding time based on the Bengali month. The Bengalese used to observe the Bengali New Year with festive mode. In fact, most of the rural cultural festivals of rural Bangladesh are associated with Bengali months. But, very unfortunately the traditional & glorious Bengali culture is under threat of extinction as the new generations are fond of modern sky culture. Therefore, UD always motivate the farmers and rural people to keep the traditional culture of rural Bangladesh that would be the key to maintain the social harmony in the context of growing unrest & violence in the society.
The main slogan of the day was “Say no to Fast & Junk Food, Nourish the Traditional Bengali Food Culture” which is the essential element of food security of Bangladesh.