Mother Nature in Bloom
Winter is the time of hibernation; a long, deep sleep for many animals through the harsh weather. The end of winter, therefore, marks the awakening of nature; new leaves bloom out on trees, flowers blossom and bees hover around in search of nectar, as new life is injected in the air, and all the gloom and mist of winter is left behind.
Pahela Falgun, or the First Day of Spring, has grown in size and fervour immensely over the last decade or so. As with most traditional Bangalee festivals, it too has its epicentre at the heart of Dhaka University. People dressed in yellow, ochre and various other bright colours gather at the Bokultala of Charukola (Faculty of Fine Arts, DU), choral songs, solos, recitation and group dance performances ushering in the spirit of Spring ring in the air.