Culture: Ekushey Book Fair

Ekushey Book Fair:Bangladesh

The Ekushey Book Fair , popularly known as Ekushey Boi Mela, locally known as Amar Ekushey Grantham Mela means it “Book Fair of immortals of the 21st February. It us the national book faiur of Bangladesh. It is arranged each year by Bangla Academy and this event is dedicated to the martyrs who died on 21 February 1952 in a demonstration calling for the establishment of Bengali as one of the state languages of former East Pakistan.

Bangla Academy took over organization of the fair in 1978 but Muktodhara Publishing house started a little sale in front of Bangla Academy in the 21 February 1972 the Shaheed Day later International Mother Language Day.  Chittaranjan Saha of Muktodhara took the initiative. Later other book publishers joined unofficially.

In 1984 it was named Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The venue of the book festival and outside is decorated with banners, festoons and placards in conformity with the spirit of Amar Ekushey. The fair venue is free from smoking and polythene.

The fair continues from 1 February to the 28th. It is limited only in Bangla Academy’s boundary. The Ministry of Cultural is in control of the fair while the Academy does the groundwork.

Information collect from Banglapedia .

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