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18 April 2014 Friday 11:48:08 PM
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‘Sangrai’ festival of Rakhain community starts in Kuakata
Anisur Rahman Swapan


The three-day traditional ‘Sangrai (Water Showering) festival of indigenous Rakhain community began at Amkhola Rakhain Para in coastal Kuakata area under Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district on Friday afternoon.

The festival organized to celebrate the Rakhin New Year 1376 in their traditional manner.

The festival inauguration ceremony was presided over by local Rakhain community leader U Tha Ching Mong Talukdar and addressed by local elites.

 

The celebration included spraying and splashing water on each other, a sign of washing away the sorrows, ailments and sins of the previous year and heralding a fresh beginning of another new year.

Community and religious rituals, discussions, traditional games, cultural programmes, food festivals also be held on this occasion.

On the occasion of Sangrai festival on first day of their community-calendar year, the men and women wake up early in the morning and take a bath. They clean up and decorate their homes and surroundings with flowers.

They also offer flowers to sea, rivers, canals and springs seeking blessings from God for eternal peace and prosperity.

Members of local Bangali community and tourists also took part in the festival and law enforcers arranged special security measures to avoid untoward incidents.

Due to financial crisis the festival arranged serially at different local Rakhain-Para (habitats) in different years as they could not arrange that simultaneously at all Rakhain populated areas, the community sources said.

This year the festival at Amkhola Rakhain Para sponsored by development organization Caritas Barisal regional branch, sources said.

Mentionable the members of Rakhain community crossing the Bay from Arakan area of Myanmar habitat the coastal Kalapara and Taltali areas of Patuakhali and Barguna districts of southern Barisal division more than 250-year ago.

Edited By: Central Desk

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