UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2016
Description: Mangal Shobhajatra is a festival for the public that celebrates Pahela Baishakh (New Year’s Day) on April 14 organized by students and teachers of Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Art. The tradition began in 1989 when students, frustrated living under military rule, wanted to bring the community hope for a better future. It features floats and masks symbolizing strength, peace and a driving away of evil to allow for progress. Transmitted by the school, it promotes public solidarity and democracy.
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