Culture of Bangladesh

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 Introduction to the country: "Bangladesh" is a combination of the Bengali words, Bangla and Desh, meaning the country or land where the Bangla language is spoken. The country formerly was known as East Pakistan.  What is Culture: o The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group. o The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. o Culture has been taken as constituting the way of life of an entire society, including the codes of manners, language, rituals, norms of behavior, and systems of belief.  Geographical location of Bangladesh: Bangladesh, a country in South Asia, bordering the…show more content…
Language differences mirror social and religious divisions. Bangla is divided into two fairly distinct forms: sadhu basha, learned or formal language, and cholit basha, common language. • Sadhu basha is the language of the literate tradition, formal essays and poetry, and the well educated • Cholit basha is the spoken vernacular, the language of the great majority of Bengalis. • There are also small usage variations between Muslims and Hindus, along with minor vocabulary differences.  Symbolism: The most important symbol of national identity is the Bangla language. The flag is a dark green rectangle with a red circle just left of center. Green symbolizes the trees and fields of the countryside; red represents the rising sun and the blood spilled in the 1971 war for liberation. The national anthem was taken from a poem by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and links a love of the natural realm and land with the national identity.  Food in daily life: Rice and fish are the foundation of the diet; a day without a meal with rice is nearly inconceivable. Fish, meats, poultry, and vegetables are cooked in spicy curry ( torkari ) sauces that incorporate cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and other spices. Muslims do not consume pork and Hindus do not consume beef. Increasingly common is the preparation of ruti, a whole wheat circular flatbread, in the morning, which is eaten with curries from the

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