This fair upholds the 200-year-old tradition, where a three-day fair starts the day before Poush Sangkranti, marking the end of the Bangla month Poush, and concludes on the first day of the month Magh
A three day long fish festival , starting January 13, was held in Habiganj on the Kushiyara riverbank, and Sherpur area near the outskirts of Moulvibazar in Sylhet.
This fair upholds the 200-year-old tradition, where a three-day fair starts the day before Poush Sangkranti, marking the end of the Bangla month Poush, and concludes on the first day of the month Magh.
Wholesalers and buyers alike gather at the fair to buy naturally grown fish from the haor (big water bodies) areas and rivers. People also bring live fishes and formalin-free fishes to the fair.
Vendors are hiking the prices -some may even cost a lakh or more -but customers can bring the prices down by haggling.
Kamran Mia, a fish vendor, is asking for Tk30,000 for a 15kg tiger fish, Tk20,000 for a 10kg Boal fish and Tk12,000 for a 10kg Ruhi fish.
Vendors informed that big and attractive fishes caught from different rivers and haor (big water bodies) in Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rajshahi, Satkhira, Mymensingh and Kishoreganj districts are brought to the fair.
For a lot of people, this fair is very special as it offers even those varieties of fish, such as Bagair, Boaal, Chitol, Gajar, Kalibaus, Katila, Pangas, Rui, Kurp, etc which facing the risk of extinction from our fresh water bodies.
Md Ashraf Ali Khan, president of the fish fair organizing committee, said: "Everyday, fishes worth taka 5-7 crore are sold at the fair. Even though we are bringing in a huge amount of revenue, there is still no fixed venue for the fair. We urge the relevant government officials to take necessary measures."