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Polo Bawa Utshob, a 200 year old festival

  • Published at 11:53 pm January 15th, 2020
Polo bawa
Photo shows a fisherman holding a bamboo fishing trap in hand at the Polo Bawa Utshob in Sylhet Dhaka Tribune

Elders of the village reminisced that the polo bawa utshab on the first day of the Bengali month of Magh, has been a tradition for 200 years

Polo Bawa Utshob, a fishing festival, took place in the beel (marshy land) of Gowahori village in Daulatpur union of Bishwanath upazila in Sylhet.

Elders of the village reminisced that the polo bawa utshab on the first day of the Bengali month of Magh, has been a tradition for 200 years.

People gathered at the village to celebrate this occasion with their families.

Fishermen and spectators started gathering near the beel from morning and at 12pm they started going into the knee deep water with polos (bamboo fish traps) in hand.

Young and old alike continued their rhythmic fishing for about two hours.

According to tradition, one male from each household participates in this festival. In the absence of a male in the family, a relative can take part on his behalf. 

The village had a festive air since the last few days. According to the decision taken by the village panchayat (local administration), people of Gowahari village refrained from fishing for three months since the Bengali month of Bhadra. 

There was plenty of fish this year so no one left empty handed. Even children caught fish with nets near the banks of the beel.

Local union parisad member Golam Hossain said: "Polo Bawa is a tradition of our forefathers and the joy we get from it is irreplaceable."

Visiting home from abroad, Mujibur Rahman said: "We came to Bangladesh to be a part of the Polo Bawa Utshob. We are really enjoying it."