Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the tradition of celebrating the Bangla New Year in relation to closing of the annual tax collection. Traditionally, traders and shopkeepers open “halkhata” (new account register) on the day and serve sweetmeats to clients. The nation is celebrating the Pahela Baishakh, its biggest and most colorful festival to mark the first day of the Bangla New Year, 1420 on 14 April 2013 Sunday with traditional fanfare and festivity and demanding Razakar free Bangladesh. Thousands has turned out on the Dhaka streets, parks and open spaces since morning as the day is a public holiday.
Attired in traditional clothes, women clad in saris and men punjabi, they thronged venues of cultural programmers and makeshift fairs which celebrate Bangla culture, entertainment, art and food and featured live music and performances in the capital and elsewhere in the country of Bangladesh.