A Village Fair
|A village fair|
A village fair is an annual gathering that is held on the occasion of some important days of the year for show as well as for buying and selling of different articles. It is a great source of entertainment to the villagers. It is also a charm to them.
Usually a village fair is held on the bank of a river or a large pond, under a banyan tree, or in a wide field or a market place. It is held on the occasion of Eid-day, Durgapuja or new-year day. Village fair is a festival of joy to the villagers. Children, teenagers, adults, women-all kinds of people visit the fair. They gather there to enjoy and buy things they choose. Farmers bring their handicrafts to the fair and sell them. Jatraparties put up their tents for performance. Bioscope shows are also offered in the village fair. The villagers enjoy them for what they had been waiting throughout the year.
Various kinds of articles are bought and sold in the fair. Dolls, fancy goods, sweets etc. draw the attention of the villagers. Attractive wooden and cane furniture are also sold. Children and women making savings throughout the year, spend in the fair.
Special attractions in the village fair are usually arranged for children and women. Various types and colors of sweetmeats and toys, animal-masks and different animal-models made of sugar are the most wanted things for the children. Women like to buy cosmetics, bangles and other cheaper ornaments. Marry- go-rounds and puppet show are the main attraction of a village fair for all kinds of people. Jarigan, Kabigan and various native games also attract people of various ages.
However, the village fair has also some demerits. The anti-socials are always active with different kinds of gambling. Vulgar charity shows are also shown secretly. These kinds of immoral acts spread social crimes.
A village fair is a good source of pleasure which is an essential part of our tradition. Our native culture sustains with it.
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