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Dry fish fair held in Nasirnagar

  • Published at 09:47 pm April 15th, 2019
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Dry fish traders display their products at a fair in Kulikunda village of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria on Monday, April 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Held at the Kulikunda village, the main attraction at the fair was the barter trade offer, applicable during specific times at the fair

Customers at a dry fish fair held in celebration of Pohela Boishakh at Nasirnagar, Brahmanbaria yesterday bought dry fish from the traders in exchange for other commodities.

Held at the Kulikunda village, the main attraction at the fair was the barter trade offer, applicable during specific times at the fair.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Kulikunda resident Almas Ali said that fair was celebrated as a local tradition for over 300 years. 

"Farmers at the fair buy dry fish from the traders in exchange for potato, lentil, mustard seeds, onion, wheat, mango, garlic, etc. However, this offer was only applicable from sunrise to 9am," he explained.

First time visitor, Khadeja Akhtar, said: "I am very excited to be present at this fair, since I heard about this before but did not realize how interesting it was until today."

Jahangir Alam, another visitor at the fair, informed that many types of dry fishes including Puti, Boal, Shol, and Tengra were being sold. "I bought dried Shols for Tk12 per kg, and am looking around to see if I can buy more." 

Traders said that local fishes were very popular among customers at the fair which was set up on five acres of land. Additionally, fish eggs were on high demand at the fair.

Speaking about the fair, newly elected Upazila Vice-Chairman Foyez Chishti said that in the past, most of the people depended on barter trading. This tradition inspired the idea of holding the fair, where commodities were exchanged for dry fish fair.

"In order to hold on to this tradition, we will try to arrange a bigger fair next time," Chishti added. 

Local artisans also participated in this year's fair, selling clay products such as dolls, pots, bowls, plates, and other goods.