No Pahela Baishakh events: PM sheikh hasina

Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the Bengali calendar in the year 1556 of the Gregorian calendar to streamline the collection of land taxes in the then ‘Subah Bangla’, much of which is now in Bangladesh. Celebrations of Pahela Baishakh have become an integral part of Bengali culture.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday (April 12) said no events would be held on Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla calendar, this year in a bid to check coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.

The premier, however, asked people to celebrate Pahela Baishakh (April 14) at home with family members.

The premiere made the remarks while handing out instructions on the prevention of the novel coronavirus outbreak to field-level administration officers, including deputy commissioners, across Bangladesh through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban on Sunday.

Sheikh Hasina said, “No programs will be held outside to celebrate Pahela Baishakh. People can watch radio-television programmes staying at home or celebrate Pahela Baishakh through social media. But there will be no public gathering to check coronavirus outbreak.”