News Desk: Every year around Poyla Boishakh, the sweet village of Haripur in Bogra Sadar Upazila becomes bustling. The work of making all kinds of sweets including Kadma, Mudi, Murki, Nimki, Moya, Khagrai, Batasa, Jilapi started from house to house. Although Boishakh came during the coronation period, he did not return to Mithaipalli. Like last year, this time too the artisans are disappointed.
Strict lockdown is going to start on the day of holy Boishakh. So Boishakh will not be celebrated by organizing, the fair will not sit. So Mithaipalli is now deserted.
The livelihood of half a hundred artisans of Haripur village is tied up in this profession of making sweets. Although sweets are made at rural fairs, Durga Puja and Jalsa, other activities take place around Boishakh. Besides, they make sweets for 9 months of the year and sell them at fairs and festivals. For the remaining three months, they run their families by driving a van or working in a factory.
14 artisans of the village have given a sweet factory. An artisan named Ranjit Chandra Das said, “They used to make 200 to 300 kg of sweets every day for a month before the Baishakhi festival. In all, about 10,000 tons of sweets were made. Apart from various fairs in the area, these sweets were sold by wholesalers at various fairs across the country.
About 300 Hindu families live in Haripur village. Most are extremely poor. From the sixties onwards, the people of Haripur made a living by ferrying home-made muridurki and molasses sweets. In the nineties, Ranjit Chandra Das of Haripur used to buy various sweets at wholesale prices from Kalicharan Mohant and Kamal Mohant, artisans of Bagjana Bazar in Joypurhat and sell them at various fairs in Bogra.