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Agrahayan starts with Nabanna Festival

Update : 16 Nov 2022, 13:16

‘Nabanna Utsab’, a Bengali festival of harvesting new crops is celebrated across the country amid festivity. The day is very significant for farmers of rural Bangladesh as they begin harvesting new crops on the very first day of the Bengali month of Agrahayan after their wait for months.

Nabanna is the annual Bengali harvest celebration. The word 'Nabanna' means new food. It refers to the time when crops are gathered from the fields and is celebrated on the first day of Agrahayan, the eighth month on Bangla calendar. Rice is our principle crop, harvested during this time. Another attraction of 'new crop' is the beginning of 'pitha' season.

Nabanna festival has been organized all over the country including the capital Dhaka. Rural fairs will be held at different places. This fair will become a meeting place for people. 

Bangladesh officially celebrates Nabanna festival in cities as well as in villages since 1998. 

The day long "Jatiya Nabanna Utsab" kicked off on November 16 (today) at Shilpakala Academy premises, Dhaka.

Jatiya Nabanna Utsab Udjapan Parishad, the celebration committee of the festival, chalked out day-long different cultural activities including folk songs, Lalon Giti, Tagore song, recitation and dance to welcome the first day of Bengali month Agrahayan. People enjoy various types of pitha, puffed rice and other traditional and local desserts in the festival. 

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