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Rash Mela concludes

Update : 26 Nov 2015, 06:44 PM

A 3-day long Rash festival at Dublar Char Island near the Sundarbans ended yesterday.

Divisional Forest Officer (East Range) of the Sundarbans Md Saiful Islam said the festival ended after taking ‘holy bath’ by the Hindu devotees in the salty water of the Bay of Bengal in the morning.

The festival began at the char Island on November 24, with a tied security.

This year the forest department had fixed eight waterway routes for devotees and visitors to go to Dublar Char to join the Rash Mela. No one was allowed to take any other route other than the permitted ones, said Saiful.

The rash festival is not only a big fair for Sundarbans, it is undoubtedly one of the biggest fairs in the country. At the centre of the festival are twenty thousand temporary fishermen who are engaged in catching and drying fish on Dubla and nearby islands. In the Bangla month of Agrahayan every year, the fair continues for 5-7 days during full moon time. 

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