Amar Ekushey Book Fair witnessed a massive crowd of book lovers on the ninth day of the fair on Friday, which is also the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh.
The door of the fair was opened for the visitors at around 11:00 am on the day. Only a few visitors were seen roaming around the fair venue then. But hundreds of visitors started gathering at the venue after 3:00pm.The premises turned into a red-green sea as many visitors came wearing clothes matching with the colour of the national flag.
Amrita, a salesman of Onnoprokash said, “Huge number of visitors came here today as it’s Independence Day as well as weekend. We are literally struggling to deal with the massive crowd. Sale is also good.”
Every year, Bangla Academy authorities dedicate special hours to children on Friday and Saturday.
“I’m feeling so sad that I can’t meet my favourite Halum, Iqri and Tuktuki this year. I met them in the previous year’s book fair,” said Shimu, a class 3 student who came to the fair with her parents.
On the ninth day of the month-long book fair, highest numbers of new books—-276 were launched and the total number of new arrivals reached 967 so far.
Besides, a discussion titled “Golden jubilee of independence: 50-year expedition of independent Bangladesh“ was held at the main stage at 4:00pm.Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Siraji delivered the welcoming speech while Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan in the chair at the event.
The fair will remain open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm every day and from 11:00am to 9:00pm on holidays. The fair will continue till April 14.