10 April, 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi students of the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka University busy to making the colorful masks and pottery for the preparation of Bengali New Year Celebration in Bangladesh. Pahela Baishakh Bengali New Year also called Pohela Boishakh, is the traditional new year day of the Bebgali people . It is celebrated on 14 April as a national holiday in Bangladesh, and on 14 or 15 April in the India states of West Bengal, Tripura and elsewhere by people of Bengali heritage, irrespective of their religious faith. The festival date is set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of its first month Baishakh. In Bangladesh The UNESCO added the Mangal Shobhajatra festival on Pahela Baishakh among other new items to the safeguarding intangible cultural heritage list during their 11th session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that runs from 28 November to 02 December.
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I ride my motorbike full of speed! Yes, now Dhaka city is almost empty no traffic jams in the main road, except a few of bas, train and launch terminal. The residences of Dhaka were leave on to their village ahead of Eid-Ul-Fitr celebration with their loved ones.
Yes, within twenty minutes we (my fellow photojournalist Abir Abdullah, works with epa) went at airport train station. We came here to takes photos for our news coverage. I look around on the station number of home bound people is waiting for train with their luggage.
The commuter train will become form the Dhaka station and go to other district. On the station I look around a group of garment worker sit on the station platform and they are gossiping each other. I talked with them, one of garment workers Rehana Begum said, we are waiting for Dawangonj based train, we know inside the train full of passengers, we don’t have any other alternate way to go our village; so we prepared to ride on the train roofs for our Eid traveling- we are used too, that kind of journey.
When the train is arrive on the station, I just look around it is already full of passenger inside and a few passenger sits on the roof of the train while I saw- Rehana climb up on the train roof, her other fellow helps him to ride on the train roof, I think it is risking journey for her but she is still smiling. I took many pictures on the station during the people movements- within a few minutes the train left on the station. I look back on the train its full of passenger on the roof.
When we back from the train station, I looked on the station floor a mini cat stands on the empty newspapers shop, a beautiful light is fallen on, a mini cat is really enjoying with morning light- my camera is played on, I cannot find the shop owner may be he is busy with other things; I think- maybe other story will be started . . .
18 August, 2012 Dhaka