Baishakh, Bangladeshi New Year's, is a joyful and important day for Bengalis. That is true for me, too. I watched the Mars procession on Baishakh. That was something that I will never forget. I drew the procession in this picture.
Summer is the season of fruit. When the fruit festival takes place, I go to the countryside with my father and brother to take part. We buy lots of fruit when we go to the festival, and the smells of the fruit fill my body and my soul. I wish the festival would take place more often.
Boat racing is a traditional sport in Bangladesh. The sport is disappearing with the passing of time. Luckily, the sport continues in our village. The boat races take place every year in the rainy season, when we have lots of water. We have fun at that time.
Nabanna is a traditional rice and cake festival in Bangladesh. The word nabanna means "new food." My understanding is that this festival began in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, in 1998. Nabanna celebrates the first harvesting and cooking of Aman rice.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts are in southeastern Bangladesh. This area is full of hills and valleys. That's why we call it the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I got to go there once. Lots of minority ethnic groups live there, such as the Chakmas, Marmas, and Tripuras. I loved their traditional clothing and the atmosphere.