Festivals & Holidays in Bangladesh
- Pohela Boishakh – The country’s most commonly observed secular national holiday. People from all walks of life attend the Boishakhi Mela, when they dress up in national attire (kurta or Shari), eat sweets, and wish each other a good new year.
- Ekushey – National Mother Language Day– 21st of February This day commemorates the martyrs who died in 1952 while opposing the imposition of Urdu as the mother language in the name of Islam. The drive towards secular nationalism that resulted in independence in 1971 was fuelled by upheavals to defend Bangla as the mother tongue. The festival is celebrated with (one of Asia’s most colorful events) political leaders, intellectuals, poets, authors, and craftsmen paying homage to the martyrs, as well as singing that begins one minute after midnight on the 21st. Government offices are closed, and transportation is expected to be disrupted beginning February 20.
- Independence day – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, known as the “Father of the Nation,” declared the country’s independence on this day.
- Victory day – On this day, December 16, Pakistani occupied troops surrendered to Bangladeshi and Indian forces.
- Eid-ul-Fitr – It is the year’s biggest Muslim festival, commemorating the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. The highlight is the food, and if you’re fortunate, you may be invited to a private house for a feast. Businesses will be closed for a few days, if not a week.
- Eid-ul-Azha – Prior to the Eid, you must purchase a cow. You must bring a Hujur on Eid day, and he will chop the calf into pieces. After that, you will eat cow meat and celebrate Eid.
- Durga Puja – Around the month of October, there are four days. It is the country’s biggest Hindu holiday, lasting several days with different activities each day.
- Christmas – December 25 is the country’s biggest Christian Community Festival, which has been designated an official holiday. On December 24, at 11 p.m., a prayer will be conducted at Tejgaon Church. Other churches in Dhaka also hold prayer services on December 24.