Holidays in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, a land of rich history and cultural diversity, celebrates a plethora of holidays that reflect its heritage, faith, and national identity. These holidays, with their vibrant rituals and traditions, offer a window into the heart of this South Asian nation.
- Bengali Language Martyrs' Day, also known as "Shaheed Dibosh," honors the language movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the recognition of the Bengali language.
- International Mother Language Day on February 21st pays homage to the sacrifices made to preserve the Bengali language.
- Independence Day on March 26th commemorates Bangladesh's declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
- Pohela Falgun, heralding the arrival of spring, is celebrated with colorful clothes, flowers, and cultural events.
- Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year, is a colorful and vibrant festival celebrated with music, dance, traditional foods, and art.
- Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as "Rojar Eid," is a joyous occasion celebrated by Muslims after the fasting month of Ramadan. It's marked by communal prayers, feasting, and sharing of blessings with the less fortunate.
- Eid-ul-Adha, or the "Qurbani Eid," commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Families sacrifice animals and distribute the meat to those in need.
- Durga Puja, one of the most significant Hindu festivals, honors the goddess Durga. It's marked by elaborate decorations, processions, and cultural events.
- Buddha Purnima celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. Devotees engage in prayer, meditation, and charity.
- Bijoy Dibosh, or Victory Day on December 16th, celebrates the triumph of Bangladesh in the Liberation War of 1971, gaining independence from Pakistan.
- Christmas is celebrated by the Christian community, with midnight mass and festivities.
These holidays aren't just dates on the calendar; they are chapters in Bangladesh's story. They embody the nation's values, spirit of unity, and cultural richness. Each celebration encapsulates the essence of Bangladesh's journey, connecting its past with its vibrant present and hopeful future.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Victory Day||December 16||Saturday||National Holiday|
|Christmas||December 25||Monday||National Holiday|
|Language Movement Day||February 21||Wednesday||National Holiday|
|Shab e-Barat (Tentative Date)||February 26||Monday||National Holiday|
|Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday||March 17||Sunday||National Holiday|
|Independence Day||March 26||Tuesday||National Holiday|
|Jumu'atul-Wida (Tentative Date)||April 05||Friday||National Holiday|
|Shab-e-qadr (Tentative Date)||April 06||Saturday||National Holiday|
|Eid ul-Fitr (Tentative Date)||April 10||Wednesday||National Holiday|
|Eid ul-Fitr (Tentative Date)||April 11||Thursday||National Holiday|
|Eid ul-Fitr (Tentative Date)||April 12||Friday||National Holiday|
|Pohela Boishakh||April 14||Sunday||National Holiday|
|May Day||May 01||Wednesday||National Holiday|
|Buddha Purnima (Tentative Date)||May 23||Thursday||National Holiday|