Huge crowds gathered to buy and visit the month-long Ekhusey book fair as it was the holiday.
The book fair remained open from 11am and closed at 9pm while a total of 1,135 books, including ninth day’s 344 books, hit the book fair.
Visiting the fair and talking to publishers, UNB found the information of huge sale on this day.
It was a long queue in front of every entry point which is not visible in the working days while most of the visitors were young and teenagers.
Rokeya Akter, from Shahjahanpur told UNB that, as it is tough to manage time to visit the fair on working days, Friday afternoon is the best option for this.
Though it remains little crowded, still the festive atmosphere is enjoyable, she added.
On the other hand, students who cannot visit the fair on working days due to their classes, choose Friday to pay a visit and buy their desired books along with friends.
Naznin, a student from a United International University, who came along with her friends said, “Most of the friends remain free on Friday and that’s why we made the plan to visit the fair together on the weekend.”
However, children celebrated the Ekushey Book Fair Shishu Prohor (special time schedule for the children) again on Friday (9th day) from 11am to 1pm while the first Shishu Prohor was celebrated on the second day of the book fair.
Children can have another day on Saturday to enjoy Ekushey Book Fair Shishu Prohor at the same timetable.
Parents gathered in the children’s corner with their beloved children while some came to the fair to introduce their children to the book.
Zara Hussain, mother of a child, said a special schedule for the children is a very great thing for children. Children get more privilege; they can enjoy this time and they wish to come here. They can find their favourite books of their choice.
Tanha, a seven-year-old girl from Shantinagar, said, she came to the fair to buy colourful books and enjoyed the time a lot.
“I brought my little sister to the fair so that she can grow interest in reading books,” said Tanha’s elder sister Rafi.
A children painting competition was held as part of the Shishu Prohor celebration with artist Nisar Hossain inaugurating the competition.
A discussion programme on Rashid Uddin, Ukil Munsi and Bari Siddiqi was held with Suman Kumar Das presenting the keynote speech. Kamal Uddin Kabir and Siaman Zakir discussed the event with Nurul Haque in the chair.
On the other hand, regular discussion on Robi Guh, Munir Choudhury, and Sradar Fazlul Karim will be held with Mofidul Haque and M M Akash presenting the keynote speech. Begum Akhter kamal, Ajay das Gupta, and Pias Majid will discuss while Sanjida Akter will preside over the session.
Regular seminars are being arranged at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from February 2 to 28 followed by cultural events.
In recent years, the venue of the fair has been expanded to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.
The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisations and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.
There are strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
A newly launched website and apps provide the information about the fair while publishers from across the country are exhibiting a huge number of books on different issues while Bangla Academy is exhibiting some 141 newly printed and reprinted books.
Awards in different categories will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the book fair.unb