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    More New Year celebrations in Bangladesh, as residents celebrate on Thursday with a parade to mark the occasion. The Bengali New Year is celebrated by people in Bangladesh and parts of India.

    Bangladeshis celebrate the Bengali New Year of 1418 with much fanfare on Thursday. Thousands of people in the capital city of Dhaka gathered in Ramna Park for a parade to celebrate the occasion.

    Carnival goers flocked to Baishakhi Mela, a folk festival which is a major feature of the celebrations, to enjoy foods like rice soaked in water with hilsa fry, lentils and smoked chilies.

    [Rubi Akhtar, Bengali New Year Parade]:
    "We have come here to celebrate and welcome the New Year with joy, and I hope every day of the year will be full of happiness."

    Bengali speakers of West Bengal and Tripura in India and in many other places around the world will celebrate Pahela Baishakh on Friday in keeping with the original Bengali calendar.

    The Bengali year starts with the month Baishakh and was introduced during the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who ruled from 1556-1605.

    The New Year is a public holiday in Bangladesh and a national holiday in West Bengal.