PHOTOS: Bangladeshi Community Celebrates New Year With Mela Held On Church Avenue For First Time

PHOTOS: Bangladeshi Community Celebrates New Year With Mela Held On Church Avenue For First Time
ribbon cutting Kazi  A Hossain & Mmanunal Haq1

Flanked by rows of colorful saris and other eye-catching clothing, bins of samosas and more, Bangladeshi neighbors celebrated their New Year with community leaders, police and others at the mela (a street fair) that attracted hundreds of people to Church Avenue on Sunday.

Organized by Kazi A. Hossain, the 66th Precinct Community Council treasurer and a member of the Bangladeshi-American Friendship Society of New York, the sponsor of Sunday’s celebration of Bangladesh New Year’s, the mela was the first to take place on Kensington’s Church Avenue, between McDonald Avenue and E. 5th Street.

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It was also the first to be jointly sponsored by the 66th Precinct Community Council. Yeruchim Silber, 2nd Vice Chair, represented Community Board 12 (which includes Kensington) during the festivities, as did Mamnunal Haq, one of the two Bangladeshis who sit on CB 12’s board.

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Ribbon Cutting.
Event organizer Kazi Hossain and others cut the ribbon to mark the beginning of the festivities.
Kazi Hassain and Mamnunul Haq
Event organizer Kazi Hossain, left, and CB 12 member Mamnunul Haq
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Neighbors wait for the fair’s music show to start.
Setting up
Jewely
There were many tables filled with jewelry.
Golde bangles
…including many golden bangles!
Church AVenue sore owner
Church Avenue store owners were out and about during the fair.
audience
People of all ages had fun at Sunday’s festivities.
at the plaza. Enjoying the hubub.
Neighbors at Kensington Plaza enjoying the hubbub.
At the plaza: soccer players visiting from  Queens.
Players from the Sandwip (Bangladesh) Soccer Club from Queens were spotted celebrating the event at Kensington Plaza.
At Kensington Plaza. CArt ladies and the rides.
Neighbors chat with one another at the fair.

Many of those who attended Sunday’s fair said they were thrilled to see the Bangladeshi community joined by so many other neighbors to celebrate their New Year.

“This street fair is very important for the Bangladeshi community,” Haq said. “This is one of many celebrations all over New York City.”

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There was much food at the event, including these pickles made with Bangladeshi spices. ShahRaha sold the pickles at their booth.
There was much food at the event, including these pickles made with Bangladeshi spices. ShahRaha sold the pickles at their booth.
Samosas from Abdullah Sweets (91 Church Avenue).
Samosas from Abdullah Sweets (91 Church Avenue).
More tasty treats from Abdullah Sweets.
More tasty treats from Abdullah Sweets.
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Did you go to the mela yesterday? If you have any favorite photos from the event, let us know — email them to editor@kensingtonbk.com, and we’ll post them to the blog!

With contribution from Anna Gustafson.

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