Traditional boat race held in Madaripur

A traditional boat race was held in the Bilpadma river at Shibchar upazila’s Sheikhpur in Madaripur district on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of people including women and children from Madaripur, Shariatpur and Faridpur districts flocked to the banks of the river to see this boat race. Many spectators appeared with engine driven boats decorated in different colors.

A local housewife named Reshma Akter who came to see the boat race said that relatives from far away have come to their house to see the boat race. Guests have come in every house in this area on the occasion of the race.

A 60-year-old man named Ishak said, “The boat race is a tradition of this region. We have brought children here and they are enjoying the competition very much.”

Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip and Madaripur-1 seat MP Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury was present as the chief guest at the boat race and Madaripur Zilla Parishad Chairman Munir Chowdhury was the special guest.

Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury said, “Boat race is a tradition of our country. This tradition should be continued. Seeing the presence of so many people here, it seems that people have not forgotten this tradition.”

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