Paush Shankranti | Old Dhaka Festival

Bangladeshi young people celebrate a Paush Shankranti in their roof top at old part of Dhaka, Every year on 14 January people celebrate it with joy of happiness.The Paush Shankranti’ is the last day of Bengali month Paush. The day is also known as ‘Makar Sangkranti’ it’s celebrate like India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, young people of the old Dhaka celebrate Shakhrine with colorful kite flying during the day and than fire eating or blowing performances after dark with fireworks,music cracker works. also arranged. 

 The kite fighting gets all the more serious in the afternoon. Even the oldest members of the family join the youth. Meanwhile, different kinds of rice cakes, deserts and confections are made for the occasion. The festival is basically an event of joy, happiness and friendship. The scenes of Shakrain demonstrate the canvas of brotherhood and cheerfulness of old Dhaka dwellers.

According to the solar calendar, on the last day of the Bengali month – ‘Poush’, the sun moves towards its southward (Dakshinayana) journey at the Tropic of Capricorn and starts moving towards the Tropic of Cancer. The day is known as ‘Poush Sangkranti’, also ‘Makar Sangkranti’ all over the world. The day is celebrated by the Hindu community. In Bangladesh, it is more or less celebrated by the people of all religions especially in young community. The festival has been celebrating in here since Mughal period. Perhaps, the history is more primitive. January,2016, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh © Monirul Alam
 

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Young Portfolio/Japan,2008

This year 2008, some of my works published on the The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts Japan .Its has established three basic principal for collection,exhibition and preserving photographic works. The Young Portfolio represents the Museum’s wish to collect works by young and emerging photographs for its permanent collection.

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Photo:Monirul Alam