A 240-year old village fair, featuring marble contest, was held at Ramanander Aak village under Rajihar union of Agoiljhara upazila in Barishal recently.
People and followers of Awlia Ma Sonai Chand from Agoiljhara, Gournadi, Wajirpur, Banaripara, Bakerganj upazilas of Barishal, Dasar, Kalkini of Madaripur, Kotalipara of Gopalganj areas visited the fair and participated in the marble contest.
Bidhan Chandra Bishwas, assistant professor of Brishal Sher E Bangla Medical College and president of the fair management committee, said, ‘The fair was named after Awlia Ma Sonai Chand, who became widow at the age of 13, in 1748.’
Molina Rani Roy, vice chairman of Agoiljhara upazila parishal and advisor of the fair management committee, said, ‘Awlia Ma Sonai Chand introduced the fair during Poush Sangkranti (last date of Bengali month of Poush) in 1780. The event comprised Goshai Nabanna Festival, village fair featuring local and traditional food items, crafts, marble contest and others.’
The fair featured makeshift shops displaying different types of traditional pithas, food items, fruits, toys, handicraft items and others.
The fair also featured a cultural show featuring Kobigaan, Namsangkirtan and Boisnav Seba.
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