"Pahela Baishakh is a landmark when we recognise our identity"

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Category : Dr. Serajul I. C.

Serajul Islam Chowdhury

interviewed by Mubin S Khan

How have Pahela Baishakh celebrations changed in recent years, from what you have seen in your youth?

It was during the British period and I remember going with my father to the village market where shopkeepers, especially the ones my father had direct interaction with, would treat us to sweets and other things. The celebrations were basically centred the markets where the old accounts were closed off, payments and dues settled, and new “halkhata” [account books] opened.