The general public's taste in sports has shifted throughout time. People nowadays are more interested in global sports such as football, cricket, and others. These popular sports appeal to a wide range of individuals, not just city dwellers. Satellites have now reached even the most isolated villages, sparking interest in global sports among the rural populace. Therefore, some of Bengal's traditional sports are becoming obsolete. Though, locals have continued to organize traditional sports in some locations. Let's have a look at some of Bangladesh's traditional folk sports.
Bangladesh's most popular folk sports
Bengals have a long history in rural sports. What were once major sporting events in Bengali culture are now largely forgotten. However, many games have survived through the ages. Let's have a peek at some of Bengal's traditional sports.
Jobbarer Boli Khela
Boli refers to a wrestler, whereas Khela refers to a game. Boli Khela, then, refers to a powerful person's game. It is a traditional type of wrestling in Bangladesh that is especially popular in the Chattogram area and is considered the district's national sport.
Clinch fights, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins, and other grappling grips are all used in this sort of combat sport. The sports event takes place in Bengali year's first month. It is known as Jabbarer Boli Khela at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram.
Bengal used to be a hotspot for horse racing in this region. Though there was no active participation of the public; instead, they were just spectators. However, it subsequently became a public game. Horse races were held in the open field towards the end of the paddy harvest. Horse races and rural fairs used to be the occasion for public gatherings. Presently, annual horse races are held in the Chalanbil region, which includes Pabna, Natore, Sirajganj, Bogra, and Naogaon.