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Katagarh Fair in Faridpur presents 8kg Balish Mishti

This year, there are around 5,000-6,000 shops at the fair that stretches around 6km

Update : 28 Mar 2022, 01:41 PM

Balish Mishti – a pillow-shaped sweetmeat with the smallest weighing 400gm and sold at Tk100 – is the main attraction of the traditional Katagarh Mela that takes place every year in Boalmari Upazila of Faridpur.

People of all ages coming from different areas are astonished as they witness an 8kg Balish Mishti being sold at Tk3,000.

In addition, the price of 800gm Balish Mishti is Tk200, 2kg is Tk500, 3kg is Tk1,000, 4kg is Tk1,500 and 5kg is Tk2,000. Manik Biswas, a sweetmeat shop owner from Madaripur, introduced Balish Mishti at the fair last year.

The Katagarh Mela is being held every year on the occasion of the annual Ursh at the shrine of Dewan Shager Shaher (Rah). This year, some 6,000 traders have opened stalls at the place – stretching around 6km – and are selling various products including food items, household tools, and decorative items.

Originally, Goyanath Mishtanno Bhandar of Netrokona made Balish Mishti popular across the country, and it is widely seen as a gift item in festivals and wedding events.

Manik Biswas said: “We have been running a sweets shop in Madaripur for three generations. Balish Mishti is very popular here in Faridpur. But the prices have gone up this year due to the rise in production cost.”

Krishna, the owner of Sri Krishna Mishtanno Bhandar, said that they had different types of sweets in the shop including Pera Sandesh, Sagarbhog and Balish Mishti. “On average, we are selling sweets worth about Tk50,000 every day.”

Sellers Bishu and Arun Molla said that they were making sweets behind the stall and offering fresh sweets to the customers.

Mizanur Rahman Sona Mia, chairman of Rupapat Union Parishad, mentioned that the size of the fair increased significantly this year. He said that the fair had been playing a key role in strengthening bonding and preserving the tradition and customs of the region.

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