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Celebration of the Language Movements on 1952 “Ekushe Boi Mela (একুশে বই মেলা)”:

Posted by Sarwar_Hasib on on Feb. 13, 2012, 12:33 p.m.  

(Date: 7.02.2012)

It takes place over whole month of February each year, and is dedicated to the agitators who died on 21 February 1952 in a demonstration calling for the establishment of Bengali as one of the state languages of former united Pakistan. Muktodhara Publishing house started a little sell in front of Bangla Academy in the 21st February 1972, the Shaheed Day, later International Mother Language Day. Chittaranjan Saha of Muktodhara took the initiative. Later, other book publishers joined there unofficially. Gradually it became official and the most popular book fair of Bangladesh. Bangla Academy took over organization of the fair in 1978. In 1984 it was named Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Notably, in 1990s, another national book fair called Dhaka Boi Mela was initiated. This book fair is organized by government in February every year. Although Ekushey Boi Mela started merely as a book fair, it has evolved into a national cultural festival reflecting the cultural spirit of the modern Bengali nation. In addition to book sales, Bangla Academy organizes literary and cultural events every day. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekushey_Book_Fair)

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