‘Para Utsab’ for better community bonding

With a goal to strengthen bonding among neighbours, a festival called “Para Utsab” was held in the capital’s Gulshan yesterday. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam inaugurated the event on Road 62. The daylong community festival was jointly arranged by DNCC, Gulshan Society and Heroes for All foundation in Gulshan 2. Throughout the day, the area was abuzz with visitors, waking along the street and enjoying various activities.

Earl R Miller, US ambassador to Bangladesh, and Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to the prime minister, were also present on the occasion. Mayor Atiqul said such events will have a positive impact on society. “Events like this enhance communication and help us stand beside each other in times of distress and happiness through strengthening our bond,” he said.

The DNCC mayor also wished to introduce the festival to other wards. “I call on all councillors and social organisations to observe similar events in each ward… DNCC will assist you in this regard,” he said. During the event, residents took part in various activities such as traditional sports. Other features included an open mic session among neighbours, storytelling, health and fitness corner, arts and craft workshop and a meet-and-greet session.

There were also arrangements for puppet show, bioscope, and parrot fortune-telling, which children and adults alike enjoyed immensely. Heroes for All founder Dr Rehnuma Karim, Gulshan Traffic Management Committee chief Shayan Siraj and Merrill and Forbes founder Tajrin Manna also participated in the festival.

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