Bangladesh community in the Netherlands got the opportunity to observe Pohela Boishakh this year through the biggest celebration of all times. Hon’ble Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP and folk icon Ms. Momotaz Begom M.P. were present in the new year celebration arranged by the Embassy yesterday, a weekly holiday, in Bangladesh House.
In this biggest gathering of the Bangladesh community in the Netherlands, the officials of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from different government and non-government organizations, universities, local elites and media also attended. Besides, Ambassadors of China, Japan, India, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Mayor of Wassenaar attended the programme as invited guests.
In his address Hon’ble Foreign Minister congratulated the crowd and urged expatriate Bangladeshis to apply their knowledge and expertise for welfare of the country. In the welcome address Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal invited the expatriate Bangladeshis to be a part of Bangladesh’s unhindered progress. Ambassador of Bangladesh in Brussels Ms. Ismat Jahan also spoke on the occasion.
In the cultural programme, performance of the children was appreciated by all. Performance of the expatriate Bangladeshi artists has made the audience spell-bound. Artists nominated by Indian Embassy added extra colour in it. The ceremony attracted crowd from all over Europe.
One of the attractions was the performance of the university students in the Netherlands. However, the main attraction of the day was the performance of the folk icon Momotaz. As usual her performance mixed with laugh and humour was enjoyed by all. Especially children with colourful dress and painted face did not miss the opportunity to dance with the music.
In the lunch menu hilsha was the main attraction besides other Bangladeshi traditional food items. To welcome the new year the whole premises of the Bangladesh House was decorated in traditional Bangladeshi style. Some of the local newspapers also published features marking this day.
Decorated in pohela boishakh style adorned in posters and banner featuring the potentials of Bangladesh the place turned into a piece of Bangladesh in the Netherlands.