Eid-al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) is the second of two religious holidays celebrated on the 10th Dhul hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar, by Muslims worldwide each year. In the morning on the Eid day, after congregation prayers people thank God for the animal and the sacrifice takes place (usually cows, goats, camels). The meat

Eid-al-Fitr (Breaking of the Fast) is the largest religious festival of Muslims and marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer; it is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. Many Muslims attend communal prayers seeking divine blessings, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity

It is a traditional age-old rowing sport of Bangladesh. The sport uses traditional Bangladeshi boats known as Nouka. Each team in a Nouka Baich competition consists of 25 to 100 members. Boats with motor engines are not allowed. In every boat there is a leader who does not row, rather acts as an energiszer for

Buddha Purnima or Boishakhi Purnima is the biggest religious festival in the Buddhist community; celebrated following the Buddhist calendar and falls on the day of full moon in Bengali month Baishakh (April-May) which is on the 5th or 6th lunar month. It marks three important events in the life of Gautam Buddha – his birth

Baisabi Festival — usually celebrated as “Biju” by the Chakma and Tanchyanga, “Shangrai” as Marmas and “Baisuk” or “Baisu” by Tripuras — is the fundamental social celebration of the tribal individuals in the hilly areas of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari. Every tribe has their own specific manner of praising this celebration. For instance: Biju is

It is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated on 14th April in Bangladesh, West Bengal state of India and by minor Bengali communities. The traditional greeting for Bengali New Year is ; “Shubhô Nôbobôrsho” which is, “Happy New Year”. Bangladesh is a nation of culture and festive where people wait restlessly to celebrate

Bengali Independence Day is celebrated on 26th March and is a national holiday. It commemorates the country’s declaration of independence from Pakistan, in the late hours of 25th March, 1971, by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The day is commonly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, and ceremonies, and various

It is the national book fair of Bangladesh, arranged every year by Bangla Academy and takes place for whole month of February in Dhaka. This event is dedicated to the martyrs who died on 21st February 1952, in a demonstration calling for the establishment of Bengali as one of the state languages of former United

It is the first day of spring of Bengali month Falgun, of the Bengali calendar. After the dryness of winter new leaves start to come out again adorning the branches with colourful flowers such as Shimul, Polash and Marigold. Celebrated in Bangladesh, West Bengal and other Indian states, the 1st of Falgun usually falls on

Saraswati puja is one of the religious festivals in the Hindu community, celebrated throughout the country with traditional gaiety, religious ferver and spiritual pursuit of knowledge. She is the goddess of knowledge, art, music and culture. She represents power, creativity and inspiration and presents herself as fair, wearing a white sari and a garland of

Bishwa Ijtema is one of the biggest congregational gatherings and has become an international event, held at Tongi by the river Turag. It is typically held every year in February but the dates change, which is a 3 days long event. It is estimated that the number of attendees in 2007 was over 3 million;

Shakrain:  January 14th & 15th Shakrain is one of the most old, famous and annual festivals celebrated in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the end of the Bengali month Poush (Jan 14th or 15th). This day is known as Poush Sangkranti; it is a symbol of unity and friendship and celebrated mostly around the southern part of