MOULVIBAZAR: The century old traditional 'fish fair' began at Sherpur area under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila on Sunday.
The 200-year old fish fair sees thousands of people gathering for selling or buying fish. Fishermen and fish traders from the different area of Sylhet division wait through the whole year for an opportunity to be present in the fair with rare species and big sizes of local, fresh-water fish. It is not a usual fair. It is a fish fair, which is rarely seen these days. Much to the delight of the fish lovers, this is a fair which exhibits and sells various kinds of freshwater fish at a time when it is difficult to find them in the haors, beels and rivers.Big and attractive fishes caught from different rivers and haors (big water bodies) in Moulvibazar, Habigonj, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Kishoreganj districts are brought to the fair on the bank of Kushiyara river at Sherpur. For a lot of people, this fair is very special as it offers even those varieties of fish, such as Bagair, Boaal, Chitol, Kalibaus, Katila, Pangas, Rui, Kurp, etc which is facing extinction from our fresh water bodies.
Every year, the fish fair starts in the afternoon of the day before Poush Sangkranti, Marking especially the end of the Bangla month, Poush, on the bank of Kushiara river in Sherpur under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila. It ends on the first day of Magh. Draws thousands of people of all classes and religions from far flung areas. Though it originated from a local Hindu culture of having good fishes on Poush Sangkranti (last day of Poush), it is now a tradition with people of all classes and religions in the area. locals said.
According to the fish fair organising committee, over 1,000 fish traders came to the fair from different districts with various local varieties of Sweetwater fish. once upon a time the fair used to be held at Monumukh area, where the river Monu meets the Kushiara river. As that place was eroded by the Monu river, the fair has been held in Sherpur area since the 1970s, locals said.
Several thousand people thronged the fair last evening and night to purchase fished of their choice, added locals.