100-kg fish sold at Poradaho Mela
BOGRA, Feb 14: The day-long traditional Poradaha Mela (fair) was held at Gabtoli Upazila here on Wednesday.
On the occasion, the entire area turned into a crowded place.
Centring the fair, sons-in-law and daughters of the area came to Poradaha one or two days back. People from all strata came to the fair from adjacent upazilas. They took part in the competition of buying big fishes and sweets.
A 100-kg Bagair fish was the main attraction of the fair this year. Besides, businessman Abdul Latif made a big sweet weighing 10 kg.
The fair is 200-year old. It is being held on a private land near the west bank of Garidaho River in Gabtoli Upazila.
Following the direction of the court, one land owner out of 22 of Mandal family gets the permission to renew licence for holding the fair from Mohishaban Union Parishad as lessee every year.
The fair is held on the last Wednesday of the Bengali month of Magh. The people of 20 villages invite their daughters and son-in-laws centring the fair. So, locals call the fair "Jamai-Meye Mela".
The Bagair fish worth about Tk 1.20 lakh was brought at the fair this year. The businessmen sold the fish cutting into pieces as it is not possible for anyone to buy the whole fish alone. They sold the fish at Tk 1,250 per kg. They also sold another Bagair weighing 80 kg from morning and taking Tk 1,200 for per kg.
Besides, a 17 kg Boal was sold at Tk 1,600, 18 kg Katla at Tk 2,200, 8 to 10 kg Katla at Tk 12,000, 10 kg Aair at Tk 1,200 to 1,500. A big sweet weighing 10 kg is being sold at Tk 4,000. Different varieties of sweets are available in the fair.
Fish, sweet, furniture, betel leaf and nut, utensils and toys were also sold at the fair. But the fair is famous for fish. Besides, merry-go-round, circus and different games for children were also organised.
Officer-in-Charge of Gabtoli Model Police Station Khairul Bashar said tight security measures were taken to hold the fair, while any type of gambling or vulgar dance was prohibited.