1st Rickshaw Festival Observed In Dhaka

Bangladesh observed for the 1st time Rickshaw Festival on Saturday. The festival observed in Dhaka. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The festival is known as 'rickshaw capital of the world'.

Approximately 400,000 cycle-powered rickshaws run in the capital every day. This is also the reason for increasing traffic congestion and resulting collisions.

"The festival is meant to promote this environment-friendly vehicle, and the rickshaw-pulling community, that caters to a vast majority of people in the country," said Sara Siddiq, CEO of Bangladesh Changemakers, the festival organisers.

"The rickshaw is the middle class's favourite vehicle, and pollution-free," said one rickshaw lover. One young couple declared there was nothing to be compared taking a romantic rickshaw ride with a lover! Mushfira Mahfuza, mother of three and a half year-old Tuli, said: "We rushed to the site on hearing of the rickshaw festival."

Rickshaw pullers are very poor. They live from hand to mouth. One rickshaw puller, Saiful Islam, says: "I feel free in this profession." He also added that he chose this profession as it gave me an income for little capital. His daily earning is Tk 200-300.

Japanese are the inventer hand-drawn rickshaw. It was invented in 1868.

Siddiq said her organisation planned to make the Rickshaw Festival a regular event in Dhaka. It was also mulling hosting such festivals abroad, she added.


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