New Delhi: - Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi welcomed “Pahela Baishakh”, the Bengali New Year’s Day on Friday with an attractive cultural programme.

Heralding the New Year High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali said Pahela Baishakh comes with a message of “hope and optimism” for a better tomorrow. “For centuries this has been a day of rejuvenation both for the people and the landscape of Bengal,” he said.

Many Indian friends of Bangladesh, members of the Bengali community and officials of the High Commission and their families _in their traditional colours of Baishakh_ gathered at Maitree Hall to welcome the New Year.

Bangla poetry recitation, and array of Tagore, Nazrul, Lalon and folk songs were presented by officials of the High Comission and a group of popular artistes.

The programme was rounded off with a Bangla dinner of khichri, ruhi maach bhaja, begun bhaja and murighonto. In deference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s appeal, hilsa was not served.

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