October: Revealing colours and joy
The monsoon has gone leaving late rain last month. Now it is the month of October, known as the early autumn or ‘sharat’ season in Bangla. Though sudden rain sometimes decelerates plans during this period, the weather is dry and convenient in general and fuelled by the goodness of nature and festivals. In fact, it is one of the best months to celebrate the series of festivals in Bangladesh.
In the Hindu religion, autumn season calls for major celebrations, such as -- Kumari Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Bishwakarma Puja and more. Also the Buddhists celebrate Probarana Purnima in this season. Old Dhaka Shakhari Bazar, Mirzara and Dhamrai are the main centres of attraction to enjoy these festivities.
Durga Puja is the most happening Hindu festival. This time, the predicted date is October 18, 2018. The incarnation of the goddess Durga begins by building her sculpture and gathering mainly in Dhaka's Shankhari Bazar. Durga Puja and the colourful six days of celebration end by immersing it in the Buriganga River.
Another annual festival is a consecutive three-day folk music festival in the honour of the most prominent figure in the country's Baul tradition -- Lalon Shah. This legend secured a unique position in folk music with a blend of philosophies and vision of major social reform in his songs. He breathed his last on October 17, 1890 at the age of 116.
Lalon Festival begins at the shrine of Lalon Shah in Kushtia's Chheunria. Thousands of devotees and visitors will head to Kushtia on 17th of October to observe the death anniversary and reminisce the spirituality that Lalon preached in his lifetime as the mystic, tolerant and secular thinker in Bangla culture. The programme will be followed by featuring his songs, discussion of his philosophies and Lalon Mela uniting the soul of the baul and his followers.
As the climate of Bangladesh is tropical October brings luscious greenery. The dampness and rich loamy soil strikes to cultivate huge amount of natural products. The beginning days can be sweltering. But the sunny days bog down by sudden showers, and by the end of the month the nights and mornings become comparatively cooler.
The main beauty of this month is the bright blue sky as the part of autumn. White clouds replace dark clouds and emit a gentle breeze. Another symbol of autumn is kite. When the sky gets cleared with big white clouds and freshness in the atmosphere, flying kites cannot be missed.
This season also brings huge number of fragrant flowers like -- Sheuli, Golap, Mallika, Kamini, and Bakul. The special flower among such flowers that symbolises October is sheuli.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote amazing songs and poems on this season. Tagore versed in one of his songs --
"Blossom of Sheuli
My beloved Blossom
What an oversight
Was this on your part?"
There is a saying in Bangla that suggests twelve season gives us twelve kinds of fruits and to stay healthy have them all in due time. October is blessed by plenty of tasty fruits to eat also -- Coconut, Palm, and Pummelo and so on. Clinically proven that the coconut water keeps our body temperature in balance and such fruits contain vitamin to survive through the sultry weather.
A collection of simple yet outstanding designs of outfit starting from kids to adults comes out in this season. Many fairs and fashion shows are coming this month featuring the nature and specialty of this month. Especially, for the youth there will be varieties with floral printed and colourful collection of fabrics.
However, this month not only exhibits the art and culture but also makes room for trade, economy and the lifestyle of the people of Bangladesh carrying goodness forward.
The writer is a student of Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh