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Eid Bastra Mela

The word fair is associated with images of colour and joy. Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest festival of the Muslim community, brings with it the opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere of a fair in the lead-up to the grand celebrations that will mark Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Bastra Melas or fairs of locally produced dress materials have begun in different parts of the capital city from the beginning of Ramadan.

Traditional saris and dress materials -- jamdani, tant materials, khadi from Comilla, silk from Rajshahi, sari from Tangail, Grameen Check -- are the names that spring to mind when talking of the traditional fare at these fairs.

People of all ages and backgrounds have a common desire to present each other with new outfits during Eid, and to enjoy this festival with joy with all their family members, friends and relatives.

Based on this common desire, Bastra Melas are arranged every year before Eid-ul-Fitr at different parts of the capital city. This year is no exception. Since the beginning of Ramadan this year, such fairs have sprung up in Dhaka.

TNT School Ground:
This fair has begun at the TNT School premises at Arambagh since the start of the month of Ramadan. The entire playground of this school is used for staging the fair. Starting from all traditional dress materials, saris, panjabis, pyjamas, fabrics for shalwar kameez, children's attire, shoes, cosmetics, honey, crockery items and even home decor items are available here.

Monowara Parvin, a housewife who came to this fair with a friend after dropping her son off at the school, said, "The prices here are reasonable and I'm visiting just to check the price and quality of products. I'll come later to buy clothes at a convenient time."

Motijheel Colony:
The fairground is situated behind the Water Development Board beside the Modhumita Cinema Hall at Motijheel. The Eid Bastra Mela is organised by the Motijheel Thana Sramik League. Although it does not cover an area as large as the other fairs, all the traditional dress materials like jamdani, Tangail sari, silk, fabrics for shalwar kameez, panjabi and fatuas in khadi from Comilla, children's garment materials are available at this fair.

Khamarbari Bastra Mela
Another Bastra Mela is going on at the Khamarbari premises near Farmgate. All the described materials along with traditional foods like dry cakes, sweetmeats, pickles etc are available at this fair.

The weavers of the traditional clothes and dress materials are participating in this fair. Hashem Mia, a weaver of Tangail sari said, "We participate in such fairs in order to introduce and popularise our products to the common people and you can get all these materials at a fraction of the price of the mall price tags. "

Taltala Bus Stand Playground
With the name Deshio Bastra Mela 2011 a fair of traditional clothes and dress materials has been going on for the best part of three months at the Taltala Bus Stand premises.

This fairground is a very big one. All the narrated materials along with sari and lungi for Zakat are available here. As it is situated just beside the main road, reaching this fair is easy. Huge participation of people was seen at this fair.

Rafiqul Islam, a visitor at this fair said, "I've come to this fair with all my family members to finish their Eid shopping. I'm trying to encourage my children to go with traditional products. Prices of these products are much cheaper here than the shopping malls."

Similar fairs are also ongoing at the Motijheel Brothers' Union Field and at Shonir Akhra, as well as other places in town.

All these fairs will be open till the last day of Ramadan from 10 am to 10 pm, everyday.

By Mahtabi Zaman



Kumudini has been a name associated with local traditions and garbs. They have over the many decades played a significant role in the revival of deshi attires and fabrics. This Eid, Kumudini Handicraft Centre presents their collection in cotton, half silk, endi silk, and muslin. Exquisite block and hand embroidery adds specialty to their shalwar kameez sets, kurtas, shirts and children's wear.

Address: 74 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka and Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon and Narayanganj.

This Ramadan, Glow like the Moon

As a way of saying Ramadan Kareem, Kaya Skin Clinic brings to you a very special offer to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and radiant this Eid. For the whole month of Ramadan from 1-31 August, you can avail of discounts of up to 40 percent on services at Kaya Skin Clinic.

The process of fasting allows the body to cleanse cells of accumulated toxins and waste products. Fasting leads to detoxification which is a natural body reaction of neutralising or getting rid of the toxins through the healthy body organs especially the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, kidneys and skin.

As the skin is more sensitive during fasting, it is important to take a daily shower and then apply a good quality moisturiser and sunscreen. Also, don't forget to follow your dermatologist's advice if you have a skin concern.

Continue using face cleansers, toners and moisturisers as well as a good quality deodorant to relieve heavy body odor. Keep yourself as hydrated as possible when you break your fast. Heavy dehydration and loss of essential electrolytes, nutrients and vitamins are relatively common side effects of fasting, notable in case of vomiting and diarrhoea especially during long and hot summer days.

Do not compromise on regular skin care and skin protection, as the water intake will be limited.

Kaya Skin Clinic, Gulshan Avenue (01730326836), Dhanmondi (01713438889).


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