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‘Jabbar-er Boli Khela’ and ‘Baishakhi Mela’ in Chittagong

'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' is a wrestling competition and is one of the oldest traditions of the port city.

The century-old traditional 'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' was held at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong from April 24 to 26, says a press release. The event also included a three-day 'Baishakhi' fair. The programme was sponsored for the second consecutive year by Banglalink.

'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' is a wrestling competition and is one of the oldest traditions of the port city. The sporting event, held in the first month of the Bangla year, always takes place at Laldighi Maidan. The contest gets its name from a local merchant Abdul Jabbar Sawdagor who introduced this competition back in 1909 (Bengali year 1316) with an aim to motivate and organise the local youth.

The descendants of Abdul Jabbar, with the support of local people, have proudly upheld this tradition. Though the former grandeur has waned, 'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' continues to attract crowds in Chittagong and from all over the country. A three-day fair is held on the occasion. This year the organisers celebrated the 101st anniversary of 'Boli Khela'.

The much-awaited event was held in a colourfully decorated field and drew people of all ages, backgrounds and religions.

Banglalink CEO Ahmed Abou Doma said, “We are proud to be associated with some of the traditional events of Bangladesh.”

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