Crowded people on traditional boats in Naogaon

Mahmudun Nabi Belal, Naogaon Correspondent ::

A boating competition was held on the traditional Gutter Bill of Naogaon. It was organized by Sarail villagers of Shikarpur Union of Sadar Upazila on Thursday afternoon. Thousands of people of all ages came from the surrounding villages to see the boats.

Four boats participated in the competition in two groups. Naogaon Sadar Constituency Barrister Nizam Uddin Jalil Jan enjoyed boating competition as the chief guest in the boating competition. Gutter bills hold water most of the year. Although this bill has been debated for almost 40 years, it was closed for the last two years due to the coronavirus. Canoes and small engine-powered boats started coming to the bill since Thursday afternoon. Boat race was held at 5 pm. The competition mainly involves large boats called Pansi.

By playing the flute on the boat, the sailors sing to the rhythm of the song, and the boat pulls the boat in a row, leaving behind the other boats and competing to get their boat to the first place. After a long time, there was a kind of festive atmosphere among the locals due to the boat ride. A village fair is held along the bill on the occasion of the boating competition.

Shikarpur Union Parishad Chairman Kazi Rokunuzzaman Tuku said that boating has been organized like every year to bring back the ancient traditions of the village. To build a drug free society and keep the youth away from mobile addiction
Various healthy competitions will be organized.

Naogaon-5 Constituency Member of Parliament Barrister Nizam Uddin Jalil John said that although the boat race was stopped for the last two years due to the coronavirus, this year it was held in a grand manner. A festive atmosphere is created around this game. The locals seem to have come back to life. He urged the concerned parties to organize a boat race every year. In the said competition, Hasaigari Union won first place and Shikarpur Union won second place. Later, the chief guest awarded a refrigerator to the winning 1st team and an LED television to the 2nd team as prizes.

Naogaon Sadar Upazila Executive Officer Mirza Imam Uddin, Sadar Model Police Station O’C Faisal Bin Ahsan, Shikarpur Union Parishad Chairman Rokonuzzaman Tuku and other local leaders were present.

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