The two-month long festival started with a great enthusiasm at Kaliganj of Kotalipara upazila in the afternoon with a participation of more than hundred boats from Gopalganj, Madaripur, Pirojpur, Narail and Barisal, reports our correspondent.
The race took place in a canal named Babur Khal, both sides of which were thronged by hundreds of people.
The race was also held at Gopalpur and Rakhilabari village in Tungipara upazila on the same day.
On Sunday, the boat race will take place in Chanda Bil at Mahatali village of Maksudpur upazila.
A fair will be held there on the occasion.
The festival will end on November 17 through a boat race on the occasion of Kartik Puja in Bhennabari of the district’s Sadar upazila.
The race will be held in 50 places of the district in the two months.
Nando Lal Biswas, a teacher of Gopalpur, said: “200 years ago, local people of bil areas used to arrange the boat race to entertain themselves and since then it has been a part of our life.”
Prabin Shanto Sen of Rakhilabari said: “Relatives visit our homes and different delicious food items are also cooked on the occasion. We all enjoy the race very much.”