What was the practice of barter in ancient times, at least some of it can be found in the fair. Dried goods are available here in exchange for other products. The fair is held every year in Kulikunda village of Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria with a tradition of 100 years. Due to Corona, this exceptional fair is sitting again after a break of two years. The crowd of dry lovers has come down. Dried fish of various species are available at the fair. Other products are also being traded.
According to the rules of the Bengali calendar, on the second day of the new year, on the occasion of the holy Baishakh of the followers of traditional religions, this fair is held regularly every year. The local fishermen hold this fair exceptional to preserve the ancestral tradition. The fair, which started on Friday at Kulikunda (Uor) Government Primary School in Kulikunda village, will continue till Saturday.
Villagers and several people who came to the fair said that although it is not known when the fair was first organized, the fair is held every year. Some say that this dry fair is about four hundred years old. Someone said two hundred years old. Again, some people think that this fair is three hundred or five hundred years old. Apart from dry goods traders from different parts of the country, food lovers also come to this fair.
On Friday morning, the villagers and shopkeepers exchanged goods at the fair. But that is only for a short time to preserve the tradition. Local farmers buy dried fruits in exchange for their daily necessities including rice, pulses, paddy, bean sprouts, potatoes, mustard seeds, onions, garlic. Dry goods can be bought with money as well as exchange. Apart from dry goods, various types of children’s toys including household items are also sold at the fair.
Talking to the people who came to the fair, it is learned that not only local people but also traders from Sylhet, Habiganj, Ashuganj, Sunamganj, Bhairab and other areas have come to this fair. At the fair, the shopkeepers are sitting with more than two and a half types of dry goods including boal, carrot, shoal, baim, knife, laita, putti, gana, gucci, tangra and ayr. Apart from this, there are dried fish of hilsa and various marine species in the fair. Apart from dried fish, various fish eggs like hilsa and carp are also available in the shops. The fair has a variety of items including handmade pots, pans, jugs, jhanjars, thalas, ghati, badna, bati, dolls made by the local potters.
Bhagwati Rani Das, who brought products to the fair, said, ‘This is the first time I have come to the fair with dried fruits. Many people have taken pulses, potatoes, chillies, bean sprouts and dried mangoes from me. I like it. ‘ Renu Mia of Kalikunda village, who has been attending the fair for 30 years, said she has taken dried fruits in exchange for potatoes, pulses, bean sprouts, mustard seeds, etc.
Biswas Ali, a former member of Nasirnagar Sadar Union Parishad, said the area was once inhabited by Hindu fishermen. At that time paper currency was not in circulation. The fishermen of this region used to sell their dried fruits to the common people in exchange for various crops. This dry fair has been held since that tradition. The age of this fair will not be less than three-four hundred years.
Wahab Ali, president of the organizing committee of the fair, said that there is no difference between Hindus and Muslims in this fair. Goods and dried goods are exchanged at the fair. The fair is spread over an area of five acres. The fair has not been held for the last two years due to Corona. Everyone is happy to hold the fair this time. Good trade. Good business.