Bangladesh Deputy High Commission here will host a five-day festival starting on Friday, with a view to bring people of Bangladesh and India closer.

Deputy High Commissioner Abida Islam announced the ‘Bangladesh Utsav’ here on Wednesday. The festival will continue till December 18.

It is held annually to celebrate December 16, the day of victory of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

“We organise the festival in Kolkata every year as the two countries have certain cultural similarities which can be strengthened by these kinds of festivals that enable people of India and Bangladesh to understand each other in a better way,” Ms. Islam said.

“About 27 stalls will be set up for the sale of Jamdani and Rajshahi silk, Tangail tant sarees and handicrafts. There will also be food stalls of traditional Bangladeshi cuisine like Khichuri-Ilish, Dhakai Biryani, several types of pitha, sweets, sandesh and fresh Hilsa,” she said.

“Musical programmes will be performed by various musicians from Bangladesh and India together on the final day of the festival,” she added.