An authentic Moon Boat from Cox’s Bazar is on display in the International Nautic Show from 5 to 14 December at the exhibition center of Porte de Versailles in Paris. This 28-feet long beautifully designed traditional country boat was brought to Paris from Cox’s Bazar by a French NGO named Watever.
The idea behind displaying the moon boat at this international nautical show is to show this unique boat to a larger audience and to raise awareness about the naval heritage of Bangladesh and the necessity to preserve it. Due to the unique nature of this event and its cultural significance for Bangladesh, Bangladesh Embassy in Paris partnered with Watever by sponsoring a reception at the inaugural gathering by which the moon boat has been presented at the Nautical Show. The Moon Boat exhibition was inaugurated by Bangladesh Ambassador to France M. Shahidul Islam.
A book entitled “Boats, a Treasure of Bangladesh” written and published in English by Yves Marre and Enayetullah Khan was also presented at the event. The book documents the naval tradition of Bangladesh and the importance of boats to the Bangladeshi population as a means of transport and trade and a toll for adaptation to floods.
A large number of French citizens as well as members of the Bangladeshi community in France attended the inaugural ceremony of the event held on 10 December. Renowned Artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, Mime Artist Parthopratim Majumder, NBR Chairman Md. Ghulam Hussain, former Navy Chief Rear Admiral M A Taher (Rtd), social and political personalities including Benjeer Ahmed Selim, Md. Abul Kashem, Nazimuddin Ahmed and Embassy officials were present at the inaugural ceremony.