Shab-e-Barat celebration in Old Town

MNA Life Style Desk: Lailatul Barat or Shab-e-Barat is considered as one of the holiest night in the Islamic Calendar. It is a day of austere worship and repentance and a night of forgiveness and rewards.  On the other hand, this day is considered as day of celebration in Bangladesh.

Sweet shops and bakeries of old Dhaka arrange special items while people distribute bread and sweetmeat from door to door and to the poor.

The old bakeries and confectioneries of Old Dhaka have always done their part to join in this celebration with arranging foods for the city dwellers.

Ananda Bakery located at Satrouja Road of Bongshal is an iconic bakery shop in old Dhaka arranges the most elaborate preparations marking the day of Shab-e-Barat. A fiesta of rotis and halwa is being presented to the customers.

Olympia, another big name among the traditional shops of Old Dhaka arranges special menu for this day. It is the place to get the authentic ambience of the celebration and of course the food.

Old Dhaka has always been unique for some of its traditional ways of celebrating festivals.  Along with other festivals, Shab-e-Barat is also observed with unique style. Every balcony of houses becomes live with the light of candles. Children become busy with the delight in the sparks of ‘tarabati.’

The eating and distributing of roti and halwa is almost synonymous with the day to the old Dhaka dwellers.  It has become a common tradition in Old Dhaka to send of food to the sons’ and daughters’ in laws houses.  The roti and halwa has been part and parcel of this celebration for ages.


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