There are 29 million people in Bangladesh, and they speak both the Bangladeshi language and English. This is because in 1884, their country was colonized by Great Britain. The culture of Bangladesh has been strongly influenced by its history at different times when it has been under control of different cultures or religions. The people are mainly Muslim with Hindu influences. The country was colonized by the British, and they used to speak English. After Bangladesh became independent it spoke its own language, but with an English accent.
Bangladesh is located in South Asia, with mountains in the north and flat plains in the south. The climate is usually hot and humid. Most people use fresh water from rivers or wells for drinking, but some people have water pumps at their houses so that they can use clean rainwater to drink. They usually live in houses made of wood or brick with tiled roofs. The main gathering place for family members is called a “majar.
Family life is very important in Bangladesh. Most of the people are Muslim, and they get married at an early age. Before marriage, men and women do not entertain thoughts about each other’s appearance. When the boy comes of age, his parents arrange his marriage with the girl who has been chosen for him by their family or community. The bride-to-be is given to her husband on payment of some money (known as “dowry”). The couple normally live with each other’s family until they can build their own house together.
When a new baby is born, it is taken care of by the mother while the father works or looks for work in another city or country to help support his wife and new child. Usually, the father will work for a few months and then come home to see his family. The mother and baby are most likely to stay at her parents’ house during this time. When fathers are away, they are encouraged to send money home to support their family.
Bangladesh is built around its religion, Islam. The most important holiday in the Islamic religion is called Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated after Ramadan. This holiday is for celebrating that Allah has shown his greatness through Ramadan. It lasts three days and is one of the most important holy festivals in Bangladesh. During this time, people visit their extended families’ homes with presents for them. Girls wear gorgeous jewelery called “jhula”.
Most people in Bangladesh have a job, but they do not have to work for a specific employer. They can go from one job to another. The main sources of income for a Bangladeshi are farming and fishing. A couple can earn enough money to start their own business by owning a small farm or working as fishermen on local boats.
Most of the people in Bangladesh have held no formal education past elementary school. Every family has at least one child who attends high school, and many children attend college or university for high school or even graduate studies. In Bangladesh, people often send their children to religious schools known as madrasas instead of public schools, because most madrasas are free of charge. People also choose this type of schooling because the main language used is Bengali. This is helpful for children because it promotes fluency in their first language.
Women are not allowed to participate in social activities, such as political parties or social clubs, with men because of strict Islamic law. Girls are encouraged to stay at home until they are married; after their wedding they can go to school or college. Men and women do not mix. When two unmarried people meet each other, they must stand aside and allow others to move between them, or sit down side-by-side on the floor (not next to each other).
There are about 4.5 million people in Bangladesh who work as government servants, and a few hundred thousand others who work as teachers and nannies for the children of the government servants. During the 1990s many people were able to send their children to America or Britain for education, because their country had a good economy and an open-door policy on immigration.
Bangladesh is very poor compared to other countries in Asia with a similar level of development. In the year 2000, each person was earning an average of $155 per year, with less than one-fourth of that amount going into savings.
The government of Bangladesh is trying to change its social problems. It wants the people to be more educated and develop other skills that can help them earn money. Recently, it has also tried to work on corruption, because that is one of the major problems in this country. Each government servant gets paid a low amount each month, even though he or she does not do much work. One man said, “If you are poor and educated, you’ll never go hungry.”
The people of Bangladesh want to improve their social situation, but they don’t know how to do it. In the last few years the government has done a good job of trying to find a solution, but it is still a long way from being completely developed. The people want to be successful, but they don’t know how.
Many of the people in Bangladesh are Muslims, but this is not the only religion practiced there. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity are also important parts of their culture. The Muslims believe that Muhammad rode on a camel to heaven with the angel Gabriel. Muslims do not think that there is any God except Allah (translated as “God” in English), so Muslims do not pray to any other gods or saints. Muslims do not believe that anyone who dies will go straight to Heaven or Hell on judgment day. They believe that everyone must first spend some time in the torments of Hell before they go to Heaven on Judgment Day.
One of the main ways in which people worship is through their mosque. A mosque is a place for people to pray. Mosques are usually very beautiful buildings with beautiful tile roofs. Almost all mosques are built in very traditional Islamic style, with minarets, domes, and gardens around the building. They are open every day to any visitors who want to visit them. No ceremonies or celebrations are held in mosques, but they are used by students for study and by street-side merchants to make calculations on the ground with their abacus.
All of these religions teach their followers to follow rules closely because they bring good luck and happiness in life. The followers of these religions do not eat pork or beef because they think that the cows and pigs are sacred creatures. They do not tell anyone else about their religion in public because they want people to respect it and not laugh at them. They all have a holy book, in which there is a story about their own religion’s creation and rules for how to live in this world. They all teach followers to be kind to others and proud of what country they live in. The way that these religions get along with each other is by respecting each others’ beliefs and customs, but they do not mix or agree on many issues.