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15 Jan 2019 | 12:18 PM UTC

Bangladesh: Old Dhaka celebrating Shakrain festival January 14-15

Bangladesh News Alert

Residents of Old Dhaka celebrate Poush Shankranti festival (Shakrain) January 14-15

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/15/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Dhaka

Event

Residents of Old Dhaka are celebrating as of Tuesday, January 15, the Shakrain Festival, which is one of the oldest annual festival in Bangladesh. As part of the celebration, kites are flown high from rooftops located in the area. Disruptions to daily life activities cannot be ruled out during this period.

Context

Shakrain Festival is celebrated at the end of Poush, the ninth month of the Bengali calendar (January 14 or 15 in the Gregorian calendar). It is one of the oldest annual festivals of Bangladesh, a major event in Bangladeshi culture, a symbol of unity and friendship. It is also celebrated by the Hindu community in India and Nepal.

Advice

Individuals present in Bangladesh, especially in Old Dhaka, are advised to anticipate related disruptions and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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