The nation is set to welcome the New Year 2022 of English calendar on Saturday (Jan 1) with a plausible hope of returning to a new normal life as a number of people across the country were vaccinated to prevent the deadly coronavirus despite its Omicron variant sweeping around the world.
Usually the New Year's Eve comes as an occasion for huge celebration across the globe, bidding farewell to the outgoing year.
But, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the nations to avoid any kind of public gatherings or extravaganza centering the New Year celebration in 2020 while this year would also witness a limited celebration as many countries across the world have already put several restrictions afresh to slow the spread of the highly-infectious Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Though the New Year's Eve is likely look different like all of the 2021 holidays, the people in Bangladesh will celebrate the occasion with the traditional manner maintaining the health guidelines and social distancing.
Jubilant people, particularly the young population, might spend the evening watching New Year's movies or playing a New Year's game at homes with family members rather than going out for a glitzy night in the town, with the clock strikes 12 midnight.
As 2021 draws to a close, New Zealand will be among the first few countries to usher in the New Year. Celebrations then move across the world – to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas.
On this special occasion, people have already conveyed their best wishes to their friends and beloved ones through different messaging applications and social media platforms.
Corporate and government officials and various organisations also did the same thing as they do every year to greet their nearest ones.
The day is also a moment of looking back to the outgoing year for reviewing the successes and failures and planning strategies to reach new goals for the New Year, with accomplishing the unfinished tasks those need to be done in the coming days.
The year 2021 was a significant year for Bangladesh as amidst the global pandemic, the country saw many successes in major areas including politics, economy, agriculture and driving the IT sectors towards attaining the middle-income status.
Alongside many achievements and global recognitions, the country was totally peaceful in the political landscape in 2021. The peaceful political situation allowed the nation's economy to grow faster.
The outgoing year also came with an extra significance since two giant celebrations- the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country's independence - have been celebrated simultaneously in the country.
In separate messages, President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will greet the countrymen on the occasion of New Year 2022.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) restricted public gatherings at open spaces, including rooftops, on the night of Dec 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The DMP asked all not to arrange any cultural programme on roads, flyovers, building rooftops and other public places. No fireworks or parties will be allowed under the open sky on 31st night on the occasion of the New Year 2022 celebration.