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Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed at the UNGA
National Martyrs' Memorial (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho), Savar
Language Martyrs’ Monument (Shaheed Minar), Dhaka
National Parliament Building (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban), Dhaka
Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh
After Presentation of Credential by H.E. Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin to the US President
Ambassador Ziauddin attends Iftar at White House on 6 June 2018
Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin shaking hands with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Bangladesh Cricket Team in Washington DC 2014
  • Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed at the UNGA
  • National Martyrs' Memorial (Jatiyo Smriti Soudho), Savar
  • Language Martyrs’ Monument (Shaheed Minar), Dhaka
  • National Parliament Building (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban), Dhaka
  • Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • After Presentation of Credential by H.E. Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin to the US President
  • Ambassador Ziauddin attends Iftar at White House on 6 June 2018
  • Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin shaking hands with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • Bangladesh Cricket Team in Washington DC 2014

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Reflecting the long history of the region, Bangladesh has a culture that encompasses elements both old and new. The Bengali language boasts a rich literary heritage, which Bangladesh shares with the Indian state of West Bengal. The earliest literary text in Bengali is the 8th century Charyapada. Medieval Bengali literature was often either religious (for example, Chandidas), or adapted from other languages (for example, Alaol). Bengali literature reached its full expression in the 19th century, with its greatest icons being poets Rabindranath Tagore, Michael Madhusudan Dutt and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Bangladesh also has a long tradition in folk literature, for example Maimansingha Gitika, Thakurmar Jhuli and stories related to Gopal Bhar, Birbal and Molla Nasiruddin.

The musical tradition of Bangladesh is lyrics-based (Baniprodhan), with minimal instrumental accompaniment. The Baul tradition is a distinctive element of Bengali folk music. Numerous other musical traditions exist including Gombhira, Bhatiali and Bhawaiya, varying from one region to the next. Folk music is often accompanied by the ektara, an instrument with only one string. Other instruments include the dotara, dhol, flute and tabla. Bangladesh also has an active heritage in North Indian classical music. Similarly, Bangladeshi dance forms draw from folk traditions, especially those of the tribal groups, as well as the broader Indian dance tradition.

Bangladesh produces about 80 films a year. Mainstream Hindi films are also quite popular. Around 200 daily newspapers are published in Bangladesh, along with more than 500 periodicals. However, regular readership is low at just under 15% of the population. Bangladeshis listen to a variety of local and national radio programs like Bangladesh Betar. Four private FM radio stations named (Radio Foorti, ABC Radio, Radio Today, Radio Amar) are popular among urban youths. International Bengali language broadcasts include BBC Bangla and Voice of America. The dominant television channel is the state-owned Bangladesh Television, but in the last few years, privately owned channels have developed considerably.

The culinary tradition of Bangladesh has close relations to nearby North-East Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine as well as having its own unique traits. Rice, and fish are traditional favorites. Bangladeshis make distinctive sweetmeats from milk products, some common ones being Rôshogolla, Rasmalai|Rôshomalai, chômchôm and kalojam.

The sari (shaŗi) is by far the most widely worn dress by Bangladeshi women. A guild of weavers in Dhaka is renowned for producing saris from exquisite Jamdani muslin. The salwar kameez (shaloar kamiz) is also quite popular, and in urban areas some women wear western attire. Among men, western attire is more widely adopted. Men also wear the kurta-paejama combination, often on religious occasions, and the lungi, a kind of long skirt for men.

Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha, being the most important holidays in the Islamic calendar, are the subject of major festivals. The day before Eid ul-Fitr is called Chãd Rat (the night of the moon) and is often celebrated with firecrackers. Eid ul-Adha is celebrated in the memory of great sacrifice of Prophet Abraham. Major Hindu festivals are Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Saraswati Puja. Buddha Purnima, which marks the birth of Gautama Buddha, and Christmas, called Bôŗodin (Great day), are both national holidays. The most important secular festival is Pohela Baishakh or Bengali New Year, the beginning of the Bengali calendar. Other festivities include Nobanno, Poush parbon (festival of Poush) and observance of national days like Shohid Dibosh and Victory Day.

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