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Organized by by BUFLA (Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles)

Saturday 28th March and Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Venue: Shatto Recreation Center on 4th street and on the city block involving Shatto Place, 6th Street, Vermont Avenue and 4th Street, Los Angeles, California.

The Bangladesh Day Parade 2009 was marked by a significant event brochure, a Seminar attended by the chief guest and other distinguished guests, speeches, exhibits, recognitions, children's picture drawing and poetry recitation contest, booths of Bangladeshi ethnic food and clothing and cultural programs with melodious songs, drama and colorful dances, etc. These events took place in two days, Saturday and Sunday;

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

The Saturday event was marked by a significant event brochure, a seminar attended by the chief guest and other distinguished guests, speeches, exhibits, recognitions, children's picture drawing and poetry recitation contest, stalls of Bangladeshi food and nativities and cultural programs with melodious songs, drama and colorful dances, etc. The event took place in three distinct parts;

Inaugural Program:

The programs was preceded by an inaugural ceremony by hoisting US, Bangladesh and BUFLA flags by Sheriff Lee Baca, Bangladesh Hon. Consul General Abu Zafar and Dr. M. A. Hashem followed by recitation from Al-Qur'an in Arabic, English and in Bangla. US And Bangladeshi National anthems ensued immediately after the Qur'an recitation. One beautiful dance was offered by members of Uttoron Los Angeles. Dr. M. A. Hashem, President of BUFLA gave welcome address to the dignitaries and the audience. Flowers offered by children to the dignitaries. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca offered his speech to the audience. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca also officially announced Bangladesh Day which now became a tradition. Consul Generals from several countries has been in the parade along with many other dignitaries including senior elected officials of the City of Los Angeles and suburban cities, business executives and other distinguished citizens presented their speeches to the audience. Many of the Senators and members of the US Congress and California State Assembly has not been able to join the parade because of congress first session taken place in Washington DC.

Seminar (Distinguished People's Forum):

This program has been re-named as a 'Distinguished People's Forum' participated by 14 distinguished Bangladeshi-American personalities. This part of the event was conducted by Ismail Hossain and was run in parallel with the children's program.

Children's Picture drawing and Poetry recitation contest:

This part of the event was conducted by Monowar Hossain Bhaia. An unforeseen number of children took part in this program with their beautiful picture drawing and their poetry recitations.

Saturdays Cultural Program:

The cultural program was scripted by Dr. Shah Alam of Jalshaghar Entertainment with close assistance by Khaleed Hossain of Jalshaghar Entertainment. Unlike any other cultural programs that took place in the past in and around Los Angeles, the Bangladesh Day has offered a unique cultural show staged by the BUFLA Cultural Team formed by artists from 4 major cultural organizations. The BUFLA Cultural Team worked relentlessly to stage cultural programs of Saturday and Sunday as an excellent piece of presentation. Samina Chowdhury was scheduled to perform as the main artist and she came to the stage but did not perform much due to vocal problem.

This program drew a striking number of audiences. Emad Chishti and Jyoti Prakash provided Tabla assistance to the Saturday Cultural show.

To view photographs please click here Bangladesh Day 2009 Photographs.

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