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Swapan Kumar singh, speacial correspondent,
Friday, for the first time, a daylong Fagua festival was held in remote Sreemangal Upazila headquarters, about 42 kilometres from the Moulvibazar district town.
Organized by Fagua Utshab Udjapon Parishad, the daylong festival was held at Phulchhara tea garden football premises.
Local lawmaker Abdus Shahid inaugurated the programme that was followed by a discussion.
During a visit to the fair, this correspondent saw huge crowded found at the festival premises.
Local’s tea workers said that Fagua was the biggest festival in the tea garden. Those who have not been painted in the face, others are the most happy to make color. Children, teenagers and young tea workers were dancing and singing.
Welcoming the organisers for holding the programme, many visitors at the festival said such events will surely encourage the younger generation and help them save culture and tradition.
Joyram Chasa,43, a tea worker of Kurma tea garden in Kamalganj Upazila said, as a Urisha citizen I can’t see the Charaia dance. But I saw it in this programme. It can be help to save our culture if it will be continuing.
Bilash Bhar,34, also said, as a Deshwali man I saw Birha dance first time.
“I saw different festival couple of times. Today [Friday] I am visiting a Fagua festival physically for the first time in my life,” said British Bauri,45, a tea worker of Deondi tea garden in Chunarughat Upazila of Habiganj district.
Balaram Bhar,34, a tea worker of Phulchhara tea garden said, our life are struggling. I am running my five members family with only 102 taka with many crises. But at some point of the year, we forget about it only for joy. Among the hundreds of shortages, three days of fagua festival, we are trying to spend time with family and friends with joy.
But this joy increase more for the first time observed Fagua festival, he added. It helps to save our language and tradition.
Pranesh Goala, member secretary of the organizer committee and Kalighat Union Parishad Chairman, said although the tea garden workers have significant contributions to the country’s economy, they are yet to be included in the country’s list of small ethnic communities. We took this initiative for saving culture and ritual
Akmol Hussain Nipu, Moulvibazar staff reporter of Bangla Daily Prothom Alo said his opinion, in absence of government recognition, languages and cultures of these communities are not getting protection under various programmes taken by the authorities.
AFM Zakaria, head of anthropology department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, said the government so far gazetted 50 communities to recognise those as small ethnic communities.
“But sadly, the small ethnic communities living at tea gardens were not included in the list despite their fulfilling the criteria of being classified as small ethnic communities,” he also said.
Rajghat Union Parishad Chairman Bijoy Bunarjee presided the programme and conducted by Prokash Bhar.
The programme that was divided into different sessions saw Alpona designs, Holi programme, colourful programmes, musical drama and various cultural programmes.