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BITS OF CULTURE - Bangladesh
 
Languages
Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
Bengali (Bangla)

Other language:
English

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Map



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Cultural Values
  • The typical household in Bangladesh, particularly in the villages, includes several generations of extended family.
  • Most marriages are arranged by parents or other relatives, but increasing numbers of educated men and women choose their own partners. Custom and religion among Muslims require that a dowry be offered by the husband to the wife, but it is usually claimed only in the event of separation or at the husband's death.
  • Divorce is permissible among Muslims. Hindu marriage is sacramental, but a Hindu can obtain a separation by application to a court of law.
  • Muslim law permits limited polygamy.
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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • A typical Bangladeshi meal consists of beef (or sometimes mutton, chicken, fish or egg) and vegetables cooked in a hot spicy sauce with mustard-oil, yellow watery lentils (dal) and plain rice.
  • Fish is part of the staple diet
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Interesting Facts

  • Over 80 percent of the "Indian" restaurants in the U.K. serve Bangladeshi food.
  • Contains the second largest (after Indonesia) Muslim population in the world.
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