Lifestyle in Bangladesh.

Lifestyle in Bangladesh is so different. Bangladesh has a population of 166,779,000 people
Bangladesh’s founding principle was secularism with Islam as state religion.
The most popular dialects are Bangla and Chittagonian .Bangladesh declared its independence from Pakistan on 26th March 1971.In this article we will write about the present day lifestyle in Bangladesh. When people say that “Bangladesh is a Muslim country”, they mean that Islam is the state religion, but they also mean that their lifestyle is very much like that of Pakistan, because both countries are Muslim majority.
Bangladesh has always had a special relationship with India. The two countries share an 800 km border, sharing exclusive economic zones by sea and land. The two countries have close cultural ties and the population of India consists mostly of Bangladeshis, meaning there are strong cultural links between both countries.

Bangladeshi cuisine has many similarities with Indian ones due to the shared history of the subcontinent.Bangladeshis eat mostly rice, biryani, dal and different types of fish. There are also many sub-cultures that have their own special kind of food. The subculture that consumes large amounts of rice is called Rakhina or Rokhina (from Urdu word rukhni, meaning ‘rice’).

The Bangladeshi media is regulated by the Press Council of Bangladesh.
It a semi-official body charged with the duty of regulating adherence to press codes and ethics, but is not a government body. Most of the newspapers and journals are published in Bengali.
The main daily newspaper is The Daily Star which has a print-run of about 18,000.

Newspapers are central to the culture of Bangladesh, with many having unique characters and social commentary.
The most popular is Amar Desh which is published for six editions each week, covering 24 pages in total, three of which are dedicated to election coverage.
Bangladesh has many e-newspapers including Alo TV, bdnews24.com, Digital Desh and Sahara Samay.
Every day about five radio stations broadcast along Bangladesh’s borders with India or Myanmar, while more than thirty radio stations operate independently in the country proper.
These radio stations broadcast in different languages and many of them involve community groups and non-profit organisations. Bangladesh has more than 1,900 school papers.

There are many cinemas in Dhaka.New cinemas are opening up nearly every day .Habib Theatre is the first cinema to open its doors 80 years ago .Bangladesh also has “commercial” channels to view the latest Bollywood movies.
The National Museum of Bangladesh opened to the public on 16 January 2011 at Shahbagh, Dhaka. It is located near the site of the first Parliament of modern Bangladesh, where it began to be built by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1950.

Bangladesh Television (BTV) has been the only TV network in Bangladesh since 1978.Islam is the most widely practiced religion in Bangladesh,with 89 % of the population identifying themselves as Muslim, with 76% being Sunni and 13% Shia. There are also minor numbers of Hindus and Christians in the country.

Rice and fish are traditional favourites of Bangladeshi cuisine and most meals consist of rice and fish or meat curry with a variety of vegetables, lentils and pickles. Rice is traditionally eaten with the fingers while Chapatis (flat bread) are typically eaten along with meat dishes either by hand or by cutting it into small pieces using a knife or spoon.

Biryani is traditionally made using lamb or chicken meat along with long grain rice, dal , spices and curries made from the dal. Rice is cooked to a syrup-like consistency sometimes referred to as “Biryani” or “Murgh Biryani”. This biryani consists of primarily five different kinds of meat. Mutton, chicken, duck, fish and pork. Often other ingredients are added such as lentils, raisins , candy pieces etc to make the dish delicious. Mushrooms are also added sometimes for added flavour. The dish is served with spinach & cucumber raita (a yogurt based salad).

The most popular Bangladeshi religious holidays are Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, and Shab-e-Bahat (Shabdash). A variety of dishes are prepared for this occasion including the “Shaheer Biryani” (Honey ginger)
the most well known. A favorite dish is the “Biryani
of the month” which is made different every month with dishes like “Biryani of
tomatoes”. Many people make sets of dishes to take to their family
weddings. Another tradition is to celebrate Islamic New Year (Eid al Fitr) or yesterday’s New Year (Eid al Adha) with a feast.
Eid al-Fitr, or Eid ul-Fitr is a month long festival and religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is the first Islamic holiday of the year and marks the end of Ramadan. It varies from country to country and has different names depending on which country it is being celebrated in. Eid ul Adha is also known as “Dukh ul-Fiya” in Bangladesh. The holiday has various rituals associated with it.
The most prominent one is “Khitai”, meaning slaughtering an animal, usually a goat or sheep, in the name of Allah (God). Another important ritual associated with this festival is “Roza”. This is when all Muslims fast for the whole month of Ramadan.

The food is served in an order, salads, appetizer (fried chicken or samosas), main course (rice & dishes), chutney (yogurt-based) and dessert (fresh fruits).

Besides rice, lentils are also eaten with fish curries. Dal bhat is served with vegetable curries which are made out of pumpkin, potato, eggplant and okra. A unique dish called shukto is made with leaves of mustard greens. The chief ingredients in it are mustard greens and potatoes cooked by steam since the kitchen is not allowed to use fire during Deepavali festival. Steamed Rice is accompanied with a fish curry, either fish picked from the river or fish bought from the market is used. The main dish of Deepavali is called “Bodchi Bhetki” which is made with a whole fish stuffed with spices and wrapped in banana leaves.

Most popular festivals observed by majority of people in Bangladesh are Ramadan, Estradasphere, Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Shab e bahat etc. The unique characteristic of these festivals is that all people irrespective of caste, colour, creed and religion participate in those festivals with equal enthusiasm. The religious festivals are the days when the people of Bangladesh forget their daily worries and rejoice together.

Leave a Comment