Rozi Siddiqui, Saju Khadem, Bonya Mirza and Moushumi Hamid
Celebrities in the glittering showbiz world have many fond memories of how they used to celebrate Pohela Boishakh in their younger days, The Daily Star had a word with some of them to get their past and present perception of the festival:
Rozi Siddiqui: I usually stay at home on the occasion. Earlier, I used to make impromptu visits to Trust Milonayoton where a number of actors and actresses of the small screen would gather around. Like other years, I will spend the day preparing different delicacies as my family members would love to eat something special. The recipes on the cards include koi fish curry, hilsha fries and different types of bhorta. Besides, a musical soiree has been arranged at my house in Boishakh spirit.
Bonya Mirza: Pahela Boishakh in my childhood was spent at my hometown Kushtia, where a fair was held on the occasion. Since I've been here in Dhaka, the festival is celebrated differently. Here, we artistes of the small screen get together just to hang out and relax. I usually wear a saree on the day, and try out Bangalee delicacies.
Saju Khadem: Khichuri being cooked at our home on Pahela Boishakh was a tradition during childhood. I learned from my parents that the year would pass happily if I did good things on the day. During my boyhood, I visited the pitha stall that my mother set up at Boishakhi fair in Sylhet. Later, when I was a student at Charukola, going to Ramna Botomul was a regular affair. We drew paintings and brought out Mongol Shobhajatra from the Charukola premises. I still I go to Charukola the night before Pahela Boishakh. When I was the student, dhuti and panjabi were my favorite attires on the occasion.
Moushumi Hamid: I don't take any work load on Pahela Boishakh. Before I joined the showbiz, I passed the day with my friends in our area. But now I have to join various programmes. I can't think any other attire other than saree for the day. Apart from this, I never miss wearing flowers in my hair tied up in a bun. I am keen about feasting on hilsha fish and special vegetable bhorta on this special day.