Quaint Bangladesh

Time to go to the world of Bangladesh, located right next to India. It is surrounded by many different countries with many different cultures and religions and has assimilated them into its own culture. They have created many different food, music, dance, arts, folklore, literature, literature, and more. There is so much to talk about that instead of describing the overall atmosphere of the country, I am going to go through a few distinct parts of their culture and allow you to see how underrated Bangladesh is.

One big part of Bangladesh is their landscape. Fishing and farming are a large part of the agriculture. Bangladesh have multiple sources (ponds, ocean, lakes, and even in submerged fields of paddy) of fresh and saltwater fish so they have one of the most abundant variety of local fish in the whole world. Along with fish, they have many different sweets that are unique to Bangladesh. One of their most famous desserts is cham cham, which is known for its sweet flavor (and is commonly used as a nickname for loved ones. It’s their version of you’re so sweet). They also grow fresh fruit in many towns, so you will find people picking fruit on the streets. However, if you are not attracted to any of this (for some odd reason), they have English, Continental, Chinese, Thai, Szechuan, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and even Uzbek restaurants all over the county. The magic though is in the arts.

Typical attire for rural areas
These costumes were made using old techniques for a play on their history

There are people in the urban seem like the typical resident, but the rural areas truly express the culture. People usually wear a lungi, gamcha, fatua, panjabi and pajama (I do not know what this is so I will post a picture so we can learn together). Along with their dress, they also practiced in the art of textiles, metal works, jewelry, wood works, bamboo works, pottery, painting, dancing, drama, and sculpting. Each of these skills are taught in the same way that they were taught in medieval times as they believe preserving these talents are important for a successful nation so that they understand the idea of hard work. They still sell these products at local open markets as they are cheaper than other brands (if you want to save a little money). These are not the only traditions they hold onto.

Nakshi Kantha is a tradition that they do every few years. This is where everyone in the family take any worn-out cotton and turn into a quilt. It is meant to represent everything people have gone through since the last quilt and it brings unity. They are used for whatever is needed at the time and are shown as a gift of respect for special occasions (ex. Marriage, folk festivals, etc.).

This melting pot of cultures is special because no matter which path the Bangladesh decide to go, they will hold their past in high regards and preserve the tradition. I think this is important because anyone, even a country can lose their ways at times and remembering where you are from is an important way to correct oneself.

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