Sari (or Shaeri) songs are associated with boat races. Boat races used to be a popular pastime in East Bengal during the
monsoon months. Village youths would draw immense courage, determination and pleasure to take part and win in
the races. Large crowds would gather along the banks of the river to celebrate the occasions. Boats would be gracefully
prepared with colorful decorations. Before the race began, and sometimes after it was completed, festivitivities
continued all day long with sing-a-song-sing-along sarigaan.