Traditional Nouka Baich – Against The Waves
History Of Nouka Baich
Bangladesh is a riverine country, and it’s literature, culture, tradition, and sports are linked heavily with rivers.
is an integral part of folk culture.Different regions of Bangladesh are often seen to have different sorts of boats, such as Koshar, Goyna, Sarangi, Shampan, etc. Teams use Kosha(flat bottom) boats for Nouka Baich. They are narrow-shaped and can be up to 200 feet.
Boat races in Bangladesh are usually organized in Bhadra and Ashwin(Mid August to mid-October). Before the event starts, boatmen clean themselves and wear vests and tie up headscarves of the same color. Boatmen who have to row standing take their position at the back of the boat. The forerunner usually stays in the center. As soon as
starts, the boatmen begin to sing in chorus and seek God’s blessings while the drummers and the singers provide beat and rhythm to cheer the boatmen. The boatmen continue to sing and row their boats till the ending point of the race. Any boat that reaches the finishing line first is considered the winner.
of Bangladesh and beyond shared their views about Nouka Baich. On her Golden Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement on this event and expressed her desire to know more about the Bangladeshi traditions.
Famous People Had Their Say
Nouka Baich- Bangladesh And Beyond
Foreigners often seem interested in Bangladeshi culture. If anyone from foreign wants to enjoy this
, they may contact the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh. The Bengali community of England annually arranges a Nouka Baich event in England.
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