Bagha hosts 500-yr-old Eid fair

Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad . Rajshahi | Update:

Children enjoying a show at the Bagha Eid fair recently in Rajshahi. Photo: Prothom AloAn age-old fair, which takes place every year on the occasion of Eid in Rajshahi's Bagha, is the oldest one in the country.

Bagha residents have been enjoying this Eid fair for around 500 years.

Heritage Rajshahi's founder and president Mahbubur Rahman said to Prothom Alo, "As far I know, this is the oldest Eid fair in the country."

The fair, which starts from Eid day and generally continues for a week on the premises of Bagha High School, possibly began 490 years ago marking the death anniversary of Islamic preacher Hazrat Shah Moazzem Danishmand Shah Doula.
Bagha Mazar Waqf Estate Committee organises the fair every year during Eid-ul-Fitr on the occasion of death anniversaries of Shah Moazzem Danishmand Shah Doula and his son Shah Shufi Maulana Abdul Hamid Danishmand Kutubul Aftab.

People visit the fair every day to enjoy the circus, merry-go-rounds and other rides as well as buy sweets and other delicacies, toys and novelties.

*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain

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