Bangladesh Local Customs

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Bangladesh Local Customs

  • Hindu women

    At the streets of Dhaka, one thing that surprised me was the excessively large sindoor bindis that the Hindu women there were. I was surprised to see women wearing sindoor bindis of the size as large as one inch in diameter. Unbelievable!!

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  • The crotch grip

    Unlike the Haimlich Grip the Bangldeshi crotch grip doesn't seem to have an immediate purpose.However, any idle man in pants or longy with a hand free will ascertain somehow that the valuables are in place. A nice and perhaps daringly dressed (no hijab?) and thus apparently eligible lady passing will be met with the same handshake. Is there a...

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  • Appropriate dress for women.

    Ok, ok, ok, for men, too - just see the longyi tip and avoid shorts and outrageous behaviour.For women, however, it is different. Life is generally though for local women, and not made easier by fairly strict dress and behavioural codes. As a visitor one needs to follow some stated, unstated and unsaid rules. If you do not observe such rules you...

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  • People will stare, stare and...

    Just face it, you as a traveller, will be the happening of the day, nearly wherever you go.I once ordered two curried eggs in a small roadside stall on Maheskhali Island. A whole assembly showed up to witness my eating the two eggs. I counted over two hundred people watching, and I was decently clad and all that cultural appropriateness...

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  • You are the attraction !

    Be prepared, when you get around, to be always surrounded by people staring at you... usually very insistently !At the beginning this habit can result a bit annoying, but when you get used... well... it is not a big deal, even because I've never felt unfriendly attitudes.During the shooting of the documentary we always ended up to be "assisted" by...

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  • Children's work

    Legally speaking, children in Bangladesh can work from the age of 6.Sometimes you can see them under incredibly big and heavy loads, especially in the bricks factories.

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  • The storytellers

    Puthi are traditional stories in verse that the storytellers sing around the villages. We were lucky to have the possibility to film three of them. All the people of the village were there to listen.

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  • Expect to be the attraction of the...

    The Bangladeshi are extremely curious and they feel not ashamed for continuously staring at, or approaching you.In local restaurants people were usually settling themselves in such a way that they could enjoy watching me eating. Also people were following me on the streets, just to see where I went. If I didnÂ’t move for a while, a small crowd...

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  • Using hands to eat

    This is the way to eat here, as in other countries too. It is not always easy for whom (like me) are used to eat with fork. But after a bit of practice, it works !!You are supposed to use exclusively your right hand to touch the food, since the left hand is considered "dirty". So you will use your left hand to take the glass for drinking.To avoid...

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  • Another Little Helper

    Shahti Akter, Beauty's daughter, helping her mother with the cooking. (This is another one of the photos taken by Gianluca while I was filming!)

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  • When I was walking on street,...

    When I was walking on street, some villegers spoked me in Bangladeshi language. But this boy were scared by me, he should know I am not Bangladeshi.In Rangamati.

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  • Muslim woman is so...

    Muslim woman is so cool!Usually they are covering whole body with brack a cloth. I can't see their face, but I feel they give a smile to me and be nice even for foreigner.

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  • There are many musk even in...

    There are many musk even in small town in Bangladesh. They comes to pray all together, no space to sitting at busy time. In Sylet

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  • left hand is considered not...

    left hand is considered not pure by both muslims and hindus and all other bangladeshis in general. so be aware not to use it for eating or greetings, giving something to others.there r many other subtle things which must be described separately in details...

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  • Dress properly. For women, the...

    Dress properly. For women, the local Shalwar Kameez dress can be useful. Consists of pants, shirt and shawl and can be bought at marketplaces or in clothes stores.Bangladesh is a muslim country, but you don´t have to wear the pordah style, see pic.

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  • What to wear

    Respecting the muslim Bangladesh traditions, women should always wear long dresses or skirts and a veil or a scarf on their shoulders. Shorts are not suggested for men neither...

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  • Simple life in villages

    The life is simple in the countryside villages...Women and children working outside their house. There are large courtyards in every small village, and that is the place where they use to make several works... for example preparing lunch...

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