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Festivals and Celebrations of Bangladesh

Religious observance

Eid prayer in Comilla

Durga puja in Dhakeshwari Temple, Dhaka


  • Eid ul-Fitr – on the 1st day of Shawwal month of the lunar Islamic calendar.
  • Eid ul-Adha – on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah month of the Islamic calendar.
  • Chaand Raat – on the 29th or 30th night of Ramadan month of the Islamic calendar.
  • Ashura – on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.
  • Eid-e-Meeladun Nabi – The Birth of the Prophet Muhammed’s 
  • Shab-e-Qadr
  • Shab-e-Baraat
  • Bishwa Ijtema


  • Durga Puja – from the 2nd to the 7th day of Kartik month of the Bengali calendar.
  • Krishna Janmashtami – celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna
  • Dolyatra
  • Rathayatra, the most popular being Dhamrai Rathayatra.
  • Kali Puja
  • Saraswati Puja
  • Ashtami Snan on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami (ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month) as per Hindu Lunar Calendar


  • Buddha Purnima – Buddha’s Birthday
  • Madhu Purnima
  • Kathin Chibardan – offering of woven robe made of cotton to monks and nuns.


  • Boro Din or Christmas – on 25 December of the Gregorian calendar.
  • Easter Sunday

Patriotic and National Observances

  • Language Movement Day (International Mother Language Day); Wearing colour:   
  • Genocide Remembrance Day
  • National day of mourning
  • Independence Day; Wearing colour:     
  • Armed Forces Day[22]
  • Martyred Intellectuals Day[23]
  • Victory Day; Wearing colour:     

Cultural festivals

Celebrations of Pahela Baishakh at Dhaka

Bangladeshi girls taking Selfie at Pahela Falgun festival.


  • Rokeya Day
  • Rabindra Jayanti
  • Nazrul Jayanti


  • Dhaka World Music Festival (music)
  • Bengal Classical Music Festival
  • International Folk Festival


  • Pahela Baishakh – on the 1st day of the Bengali calendar and summer festival; also called Bangla Noboborsho; Wearing colour:   
  • Boshonto Utshob – Spring festival also known as Pohela Falgun; Wearing colour:  
  • Nabanna – Winter and harvest festival; Wearing colour:   
  • Borsha Utshob – Monsoon festival; Wearing colour:   
  • Nouka Baich – Boat racing festivals held after the monsoon when rivers are filled


  • Bengal Original Culture Festival
  • Cinemaking International Film Festival
  • Dhaka Festival
  • Dhaka Art Summit
  • Hay Festival Dhaka
  • Dhaka Fashion Week
  • Dhaka International Film Festival
  • Chobi Mela International Photography Festival
  • CRACK International Art Camp
  • International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh
  • Bioscope Children’s Photography Festival


Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka

  • Ekushey Book Fair – in Dhaka on the month of February of the Gregorian calendar.
  • Dhaka International Trade Fair
  • National Tree Fair – Month-long National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair.
  • National Fisheries Week and Fish Fair – Week-long National Fiash Trade and Fair.

Local events

Shakrain kite festival, Dhaka

  • Shakrain – in Dhaka at the end of the Poush of the Bengali calendar.
  • Jatiya Pitha Utsab – National Pitha (Cake) Festival.
  • Joy Bangla Concert – annual concert to mark the 7 March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib.
  • Nouka Baich
  • Bisu Mela
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