THE month-long Rajshahi garment, loom products fair and hena festival at Green Plaza of the city corporation is drawing a huge crowd which peaks every day evening after ifter when the city dwellers and people from the city suburb crowd the fair for Eid shopping.
The sellers said a good number of people were coming to the fair for buying silk saris, three-piece, fatua, punjabi, shoes and sandals from the fair and the crowd was increasing every day.
Humayun Kabir Badshah, owner of Star Sari Palace from Dhaka, told New Age that in the beginning the number of buyers was frustrating, but the crowd increased with the passing of the day.
He said the number of visitors and buyers increased after the opening of a stall for painting hands with henna.
Shaheen Akter Rini, wife of mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, inaugurated the hena festival on August 24.
Humayra Huma, a student of Rajshahi University and resident of the New Market area, told New Age that a wide range of products, from sari to henna products, were on display at the fair and the price were reasonable.
‘That is why the fair is attracting people,’ she added.
The main attraction of the fair is the lower prices than others markets of the city. Every products of the fair is sold at 10 to 50 per cent discount.
The organisers said 50 stalls of various products including silk sari, punjabi, three-piece for girls, fatua for boys and girls, sandal, shoes have been set up at the fair.
The traders of Rajshahi as well as from the different parts of country have set up stalls in the fair that began on August 17.
Amra Rajshahibashi, a voluntary social organisation working to protect local tradition, has arranged the programme, opened by the mayor, AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, on the day.
Asfaqul Hadi, secretary of Amra Rajshahibasi, told New Age that the rush of people to the fair was bigger on Friday than any other days as the day was a government holiday.
Coordinator of the fair Helal Ahmed told New Age that this kind of programme protects the local tradition and social, voluntary and cultural organisations should arrange more such programmes to uphold the tradition of Rajshahi.
‘We have arranged the fair aiming to make the local tradition and culture familiar to the people of Bangladesh,’ he added.
The fair remains open from 10:00am to 10:00pm every day, including public and other holidays.