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Iowans celebrate Bangladesh New Year in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Monday, April 14 marked the start of a new year in Bangladesh which was the reason for a weekend celebration in Waterloo.

More than 130 people with ties to Bangladesh celebrated the new year at the Waterloo Center for the Arts Saturday.

Many of them now live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines and Waterloo.

At the party, people enjoyed watching children dance and people sing and recite poems.

"I think it's very important for our children who were born and raised here, so that they can get a touch of the culture. They can see what we used to do when we were in Bangladesh," said organizer Shahina Amin.

"It's also good for us to get connected and kind of think about what we used to do. It used to be my favorite holiday when I was in Bangladesh, so I always try to celebrate that, and I think it's a good thing for the local community too," she said.

The celebration included a meal with a variety of ethnic food and dessert.

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