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Friday, July 29, 2011

Culture of Bangladesh

Culture of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the land of rivers and lives of ordinary people created a rich tradition with obvious differences from nearby regions. It has developed and encompassed the cultural multiplicity of numerous social groups in Bangladesh over centuries.

Culture of Bangladesh is combined and many centuries have incorporated authorities of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity and Islam. It’s marked in different forms, including drama, music, and dance; folklore and folktales; art and craft; literature and languages, religion and philosophy, celebrations and festivals in different cuisine and cooking tradition.

Majority of Bangladeshis (around 90%) are Muslims, with Hindus, Buddhists and Christians are in small numbers. People of diverse religions do their religious ceremonies with celebration in Bangladesh. The Government has announced National Holidays for all main religious festivals of four main religions. Durga Puja, Buddha Purnima and Christmas are renowned with zeal in Bangladesh. All these outline an important part of cultural heritage in Bangladesh.

Festivals and Celebrations
Celebrations and festivals and are essential part of the Bangladesh culture. Well-known and commonly celebrated festivals are Eid-ul-Fitr, Pohela Baishakh, Eid-ul-Azha, Durga puja, Muharram, National Mourning Day, Independence Day, and Language Movement Day.

Music & Dance
Music and dance of Bangladesh can be separated in 3 categories, namely, folk, classical, and modern. Classical style is influenced with other classical music and dance forms of Indian subcontinent. The tribal and folk music, dance types of Bangladesh are of native basis and rooted to Bangladesh soil. A number of dancing styles in trend in north-eastern region of Indian subcontinent, like Santal and Monipuri dances are practiced in Bangladesh also, however Bangladesh has built up its own dancing styles. In modern times, western influence has provided increase to numerous rock bands, especially in metropolitan centers like Dhaka.

Bangladeshi men put on Panjabi on religious and intellectual occasions, lungi as informal wear and shirt-pant as formal wear. Sari is the chief costume for Bangladeshi women. Sari weaving is customary drawing in Bangladesh. Salwar kameez is fairly popular, particularly amongst younger women. In urban areas some women also wear tops, pants and skirts. 

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