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Bangladesh Heritage

BHESA's Bengali New Year Celebration in Edmonton

The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has celebrated the Bengali New Year in Edmonton, Canada on April 25, 2015. The colourful gala was held at the Pleasantview Community Hall, where the Bangladeshi community and anyone interested had the opportunity to enjoy Bengali culture with ethnic foods, music, dance and more.

Group music performance on Bengali New Year

Group music performance on Bengali New Year

The Bengali New Year celebration takes place in mid-April and typically marks the start of spring for us here in North America. In Bangladesh and West Bengal the celebration is known as the Pohela Baishakh, whereas throughout the world it is called Boishakhi Mela, originating from the famous celebration in London, England which is organized on a yearly base by the local Bengali community there.

The Bengali community celebrates this day with great enthusiasm, and the New Year Celebration is an important part of the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. The festival is also used as a hub for new and professional artists to showcase their music and dance performances.

BHESA's Boishakhi Mela program was inaugurated by eminent journalist and freedom fighter Delwar Jahid, president of BHESA. Delwar Jahid underlined the importance of the festival and celebrations as an integral part of Bangladeshi culture and as a landmark event for the Bengali community. The day of the Bengali New Year with its celebration of traditions and culture is the occurring beginning of a new chapter in life, and is bringing a new vision for the future on the canvas of a historic background.

Guest of Honor Hon. Sohail Quadri, the MLA for Edmonton-Mill Woods, greeted the community and praised its role as an inspiring example for the Bengali communities in Alberta. Candidate of the PC Party for Edmonton-Ellerslie Harman Singh Kandola also spoke on the occasion and greeted the community "Shuvo Noboborsho", a Happy New Year.

BHESA's Ekushey Heritage Award 2015

BHESA's Ekushey Heritage Award 2015

During the program BHESA recognized the achievements of the recipients of the Ekushey Heritage Award 2015. The award was given to Kausar Khondokar (MacEwan University), Ali Noor-e-Alam (Bangla Bazar), Mohd. Zakaria (Former Executive of BHESA), and Dr. Moshfiqur Rahman (Former Executive of BHESA). All recipients were awarded for their excellent service to the community. President Delwar Jahid also introduced the recipients of the Ekushey Youth Awards 2015, Ahsan Ullah and Sheikh Jalil, which is annually awarded by the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF), the youth organization of the Bengali community here in Edmonton. Tajul Ali (Former President of BHESA) closed this part of the program with a speech to the community.

Back in 2014 the recipients of the Ekushey Heritage Award were R. Mohammad Siddique Hossain (Language Movement Participant), Prof. Dr. Mohd. Nurul Islam (Founder of Edmonton Bangla School), Dr. M. Hafizur Rahman (Former President of BCAE), Tajul Ali (Former President of BHESA), Shahid Hassan (Founder of BHESA), and Mohammad Ismail (Former Vice-President of BHESA).

Bengali folk music by Nirjur

Bengali folk music by Bikash Talukder & Friends

The colourful cutural program included a poetry reading by Sheikh Jalil, multiple group dance performances by Saam Center of Edmonton, dance perfomances by local artist Anoshka, Comedian Muhammad Ismail, a group music performance with Chameli Lashkar, Seoti Chowdhury, Rodhasi Chowdhury, Nafisa Mirza, Mirza Nabid, Iltiphat Naheyan, Ilatija Naheyan, Alfy Sahahreena, and Ahnaf Rahman, Bengali folk music by Bikash Talukder's band with Nirjur on vocals and harmonium, and Bangladeshi songs performed by local artist Chameli and famous singer Jania Naz. The excellent sound of the evening was provided by Muntasir and Adil from Sound Waves Event of Edmonton.

Yummy traditional food was provided by Md. Ismail (former Vice President), Dr. Hafezur Rahman (Advisor of BHESA), Tazul Ali (former President), Bikash Talukder, Masud Bhuiyan (General Secretary), Syfur Hasan (Joint Editor for Edmonton Bichitra), Nurul Huda (Treasurer), Moorsheda Begum Ismail (former Member of Cultural Affairs), Lutfunnessa Jahid, Ishrat Jahan (former Member of Communication Affairs) and Golsan Jabin, Tomal Islam (former Vice President), Dollin Islam (Member of Cultural Affairs), and Shafiqul Islam.

BPCA (Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta) and MJMF (Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation) distributed gifts to all the children present at the event.

The decorations and stage management was organized by the anchor of the program, Anamur Rahman (Joint General Secretary), and Basir Mirza. The Bangla Bazaar of Edmonton held a raffle draw at the event, where five lucky winners received a gift certificate.

Women wearing traditional sharees

Women wearing traditional sharees

The event was well received, and many visitors wore traditional clothes like colorful sharees for women and punjabis for men.

Dance performance by local artist Anoshka

Dance performance by local artist Anoshka

  • Alberta's historic recognition of the Bengali New Year & Cheerful celebrations in North America (News from BHESA) Friday, May 05, 2017

    Alberta, Canada (May 5, 2017): The Alberta New Democrat Caucus of the parliament, in collaboration with the Provincial Assembly, a historic statement was made in recognition of the Bengali New Year by Ms. Dennis Wollard, MLA. It was welcomed by a huge applause of the respected legislators. Honorable Speaker of the House Robert E. Warner expressed his deep interest to the Bengali New Year.

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  • Celebrations of Pahela Baishakh Make Bangladesh Great Again! (News from BHESA) Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Edmonton, April 17, 2017 (BHESA) - Bangladesh Community in Edmonton celebrates Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year-1424, with great enthusiasm and festivity. Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta in Canada celebrates its Heritage Festival (Bengali New Year) in a colorful manner along with other organizations.

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  • MJMF Soccer on Remembrance and Independence Day of Bangladesh (News from the Community) Monday, March 20, 2017

    On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF Bangladesh Sports Club) organized a colorful Soccer Tournament on March 21st marking the Genocide Remembrance and Independence Day of Bangladesh at the Edmonton Killarney School premises. At the event 3 local soccer teams, the MJMF Bangladesh Sports Club, Bangladesh PressClub of Alberta (BPCA) and Bangladesh Heritage Museum met to determine a winner in the tournament. BPCA and MJMF jointly won the championship by 2-2 goals in the final play.

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  • Nominations for the Ekushey Heritage Award 2017 (News from BHESA) Saturday, January 14, 2017

    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has decided on the nominees for the Ekushey Heritage Award 2017 in its executive meeting on January 14, 2017 chaired by Mashod Bhuiyan. Honored will be three people and one organization of the community, Dr. Ali, Hazara Akter, Ashif and the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF-Bangladesh Sports Club) represented by its president Ahsan Ullah.

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  • BHESA's International Mother Language Day Celebrations (News from BHESA) Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    On January 19, 2016 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) will celebrate the upcoming International Mother Language Day 2016 with a program at the MacEwan University, City Centre Campus.

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  • Nominees for the BHESA Ekushey Heritage Award 2016 (News from BHESA) Thursday, January 28, 2016

    On January 25, 2016 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has decided on the nominees for the Ekushey Heritage Award 2016. Honoured will be three people of the community, Delwar Jahid, Ms. Morsheda Begum, Salma Jahan.

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  • Kabaddi Tournament on Victory Day 2015 (News from BHESA) Saturday, December 05, 2015

    BHESA is inviting fans of the team sports to a special celebration of Bangladesh sports heritage, the Kabaddi Tournament of the community to be held in Edmonton, Alberta on Victory Day, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Alex Taylor School.

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  • Kabaddi Tournament 2015 (News from BHESA) Monday, November 09, 2015

    BHESA is inviting fans of the team sports to a special celebration of Bangladesh sports heritage, the communities' first Kabaddi Tournament to be held in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Alex Taylor School.

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  • BHESA organized the Bangladesh Pavilion at the Heritage Festival in Edmonton (News from BHESA) Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Between August 1, 2015 and Alberta's Civic Holiday on August 3, the William Hawrelak Park in Edmonton transformed into a rich display of arts, culture and ethnic heritage. During that time the Edmonton Heritage Festival, also known as the Servus Heritage Festival due to its title sponsor, took place.

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  • Bangladesh Pavilion at CTV's Morning Live (News from BHESA) Wednesday, July 08, 2015

    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has represented the Bangladesh Pavilion for the upcoming Heritage Festival in Edmonton at CTV's Morning Live Show on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The Heritage Festival is celebrating its 40th edition on the first 3 days of August, featuring over 85 different cultures in approximately 60 pavilions.

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  • BHESA Celebrates Youth Festival and Family Day (News from BHESA) Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    On Sunday, June 14 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has invited the Bangladesh community and anybody interested in meeting the local Bengali people to celebrate the first official Youth Festival of the organization. The family event sets the focus on activities for the young generation.

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  • BHESA's Youth Festival and Family Day (News from BHESA) Thursday, June 04, 2015

    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) invites the people of the Bangladeshi community and anybody interested to spend the Sunday, June 14, 2015 out in Coronation Park in Edmonton. We will host BHESA's very first Youth Festival.

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  • Preparations for the 40th Edmonton Heritage Festival (News from BHESA) Saturday, May 23, 2015

    On May 21st, 2015 the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association invited participants and sponsors to a preparatory meeting to plan and inform pavilion owners about organizational details in regards to the 40th annual celebration of the Edmonton Heritage Festival.

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  • BHESA's Bengali New Year Celebration in Edmonton (News from BHESA) Monday, April 27, 2015

    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has celebrated the Bengali New Year in Edmonton, Canada on April 25, 2015. The colourful gala was held at the Pleasantview Community Hall, where the Bangladeshi community and anyone interested had the opportunity to enjoy Bengali culture with ethnic foods, music, dance and more.

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  • Pohela Boishakh Celebration (News from BHESA) Friday, April 24, 2015

    April 25 is fast approaching! Tomorrow starting at 4PM the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) will celebrate the Bengali New Year 1422 (Pohela Boishakh) at the Pleasantview Community Hall in Edmonton. We ask our community and anybody else interested to join us at the event.

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  • MJMF Soccer Friendship Tournament held in Edmonton (News from the Community) Monday, April 13, 2015

    On Saturday, April 12, 2015 the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation organized the MJMF Soccer Friendship Tournament at the premises of the Alex Taylor School (E4C) in the City of Edmonton. At the event 3 local soccer teams, the Edmonton Lathials, Edmonton Jomidars and Edmonton Jodhas met to determine a winner.

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  • Preparation of Pohela Boishakh Celebrations (Bengali New Year) (News from BHESA) Sunday, March 01, 2015

    Coming April 25, 2015 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) will celebrate the Bengali New Year 1422 (Pohela Baishak). We are already in preparation for this great event, which will include an evening gala and various programs to celebrate our Bengali culture and heritage. We ask the people in our community to participate and support our event preparation.

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  • International Mother Language Day Celebration 2015 (News from BHESA) Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    On February 21, 2015 numerous organizations, professional bodies, and people interested in the celebration of mother language and the topic of linguistic diversity joined together at the monument initiated by the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) in assistance with the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA).

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  • International Mother Language Magazine (News from the Community) Friday, February 20, 2015

    The Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) has prepared a publication for International Mother Language Day 2015, the International Mother Language Magazine.

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  • BHESA's Ekushey Heritage Award (News from BHESA) Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    In 2014 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) introduced the Ekushey Heritage Award as a means of appreciation for people who stand out exceptionally with great achievements in helping the local community in Edmonton and vicinity area. BHESA has now announced the nominees for the Ekushey Heritage Award 2015 as the award recipients are confirmed on International Mother Language Day.

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  • Program on February 21st (News from BHESA) Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    We invite everybody interested in the celebration of mother language and the topic of linguistic diversity to join the program initiated by the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) on February 21, 2015.

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  • Celebration of International Mother Language Day (News from BHESA) Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has joined a base event compiled by the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA). The event is part of an initiative called A Celebration of Mother Language in Canada created by BPCA.

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  • Inauguration of the BHESA Executive Committee (News from BHESA) Saturday, January 10, 2015

    In the morning of January 10, 2015 a simple ceremony was held at the premises of the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada for the inauguration of BHESA's newly elected executive commitee. The event was chaired by second time elected president of BHESA (Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta) Delwar Jahid.

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  • Election of the Executive Committee 2015 (News from BHESA) Friday, December 26, 2014

    The Bangladesh Ethnic and Heritage Society of Alberta (BHESA) held the election of the Executive Committee for the year 2015 during its Annual General Meeting on December 25.

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  • Annual General Meeting (News from BHESA) Monday, December 22, 2014

    Annual General Meeting (AGM) BHESA, the Bangladesh Ethnic and Heritage Society of Alberta invites its members to attend the Annual General Meeting on December 25. The meeting will be held 6.00 pm at E4C 9321 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3T5.

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  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (News from BHESA) Thursday, November 27, 2014

    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Delwar Jahid, President of the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has promoted the organization and its publications during a recent interview with Emily Burton, historian of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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  • BHESA's Eid Reunion (News from BHESA) Sunday, November 02, 2014

    BHESA's Eid Reunion On October 24, 2014 the Bangladesh Heritage & Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) held a colorful Eid Reunion program in a joyful environment at the Pleasantview Community League Hall in Edmonton. The program offered a discussion about the importance of the Eid Festival, some dance, music, the distribution of certificates, a fashion show, and different varieties of Bangladesh ethnic foods.

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  • Eid Reunion Program on October 24 (News from BHESA) Friday, October 10, 2014

    Eid Reunion Program We will be celebrating the Eid Reunion on October 24 at Pleasantview Community League Hall at 6 pm. We have prepared an attractive and colourful program and are excited to bring the community together for this event.

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  • BHESA Commissioners & Auditors (News from BHESA) Thursday, October 09, 2014

    BHESA Commissioners & Auditors We have selected election commissioners for the election of the BHESA executive committee, and appointed two internal auditors to look over the accounts of BHESA.

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  • BHESA's Children Festival & Soccer Tournament held in Devon, Alberta (News from BHESA) Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    BHESA's Children Festival & Soccer Tournament held in Devon, Alberta Alberta, Canada (August 17, 2014): The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) celebrates its Children Festival 2014 in the town of Devon with great enthusiasm on August 16. BHESA hosted the festival with various programs, for the children, youth and adults.

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  • Chartered Bus for the Children Festival & Family Day in Devon (News from BHESA) Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Chartered Bus for the Children Festival & Family Day in Devon We are pleased to announce that the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) has organized a bus ride to the Children Festival & Family Day event in Devon on August 16.

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  • Children Festival & Family Day in Devon (News from BHESA) Friday, August 01, 2014

    Children Festival & Family Day in Devon *UPDATED* The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) invites the people of the Bangladeshi community to spend the Saturday, August 16 out in Devon. We will host a children's festival for the whole family, with sportive activities and artistic competitions, games, ethnic food and lots of fun.

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  • Iftar Party (News from BHESA) Friday, July 25, 2014

    Iftar Party On July 25, 2014 around sunset at 9:30 pm the executive committee of BHESA is arranging the annual Iftar Party to end the fast of Ramadan. The evening meal is held at the Al-Ameen Mosque on 5410-122 Ave in Edmonton, Alberta. Parking is available. Women and Children are invited to join.

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  • BHESA takes home the championship title at the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Match (News from BHESA) Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    The Cricket Champions BHESA takes home the championship title at the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Match On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) took part on the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Tournament held by the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF).

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  • Easier Access to Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) (News from BHESA) Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Easier Access to Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) Memorandum submitted to The Bangladesh High Commissioner of Canada for easier and quicker process to get the MRP A Memorandum was submitted to The High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Kamrul Ahsan by an eminent journalist and human rights activist Delwar Jahid to ease and quicken the process of getting the MRP (Machine-Readable Passports) in Canada.

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  • Donation of Bangla books for the BHESA library (News from BHESA) Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Donation of Bangla books for the BHESA library We thank Ex-Officio Shahid Hassan for his donation of Bangla books to the BHESA library.

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  • CEMA Event (News from the Community) Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    CEMA Event On May 14, 2014 the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) organized a meeting at the St. John's Institute between Edmonton's police chief Rod Knecht and the writers and hosts of the local ethnic media in Edmonton. The meeting was used to provide contact and ideas of how the local communities can help the authorities to prevent crime.

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  • Inauguration Meeting of BPCA (News from the Community) Thursday, May 01, 2014

    Inauguration Meeting of BPCA On May 1, 2014 a new organization was born, the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA). The organization is dedicated to creating a cohesive and effective voice of journalists, and make positive differences in the lives of media people and the Edmonton community.

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  • Ayub Bachchu with LRB (News from the Community) Friday, April 25, 2014

    Ayub Bachchu with LRB April 25, 2014 at the Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium in Edmonton: The Bangladesh rock legend Ayub Bachchu with his band LRB performed a full set on "Amar Bangladesh", an event around the Bengali New Year celebration 1421.

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  • Welcome Project (News from BHESA) Monday, March 25, 2013

    Welcome Project Every year a significant number of Bangladeshi individuals and families are arriving in Edmonton (Canada) to settle and to make Edmonton their new home. Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta welcomes these new comers to Edmonton / Canada and provides free volunteer service call “Welcome” to all new comers for their settlements in Edmonton.

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  • Bangla Language Movement (News from BHESA) Monday, February 21, 2011

    Bangla Language Movement During the Ekushey February / international Mother Language Day celebration, the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) took the initiative to promote the Bangla language in all prospects and according to that, BHESA initiates the mission and took two projects: · Add Bangla Books in Edmonton Public Libraries collections. · Include Bangla Language in the Alberta Driving Knowledge test.  (This project is still in process and progressing.)

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