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Discover the Beautiful Bay of Bengal

The beautiful Bay of Bengal forms the southern border of Bangladesh, and washes the shores of neighboring Myanmar and India, joining the vast Indian Ocean to the south. As the largest natural bay in the world, the triangular-shaped Bay of Bengal covers an area of around 2,172,000 square kilometers and includes numerous islands. Rivers of Bangladesh flowing into the Bay of Bengal include the Padma, a main tributary of the legendary Ganges; Meghna, one of three main rivers in the Sundarbans Delta; and Brahmaputra, which becomes the Jamuna River when it flows through Bangladesh and into the bay.

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Mahasthangarh – A Window to the Past

The ancient archeological site of Mahasthangarh is believed to date back as far as 700 BC and appears to have been occupied right up to the 1700s. Mahasthangarh is located in the Shibganj Upzila (subdistrict) of the Bogra District of Bangladesh, near the village of Mahasthan. It is the oldest urban-style fortified settlement discovered in Bangladesh to date, and includes a temple with the tomb of Shah Sultan Balkhi Mahisawar, a dervish (Muslim saint) of royal lineage who traveled to the area in the 14th century with the aim of converting the locals to the Islamic religion.

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Inaugural Dhaka International Theater Festival

A new dawn broke in the theatrical world of Bangladesh on 21 May 2011, with the very first staging of the Dhaka International Theater Festival. It was a big moment for the country, as well as theater groups, and at the inauguration, presented by the Bangladesh Centre of the International Theater Institute, the president of the organization, Ramundu Majumdar gave his opening speech. Also present at the inauguration of the festival, was Jhuna Chowdhury (Bangladesh Group Theater Federation Secretary General), Abdul Kalam Azad (Cultural Minister) and Liakat Ali Lucky (BSA Director).

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Bangladesh’s Grand Jamuna River

A braided river or stream is distinguished by various features such as sandbars located within the river as well as a network of channels and other water sources intertwining with the stream. Bangladesh is home to just such a river and it happens to be one of the main rivers in the country. The Jamuna River is one of the best examples of a braided river, as it has an extremely intricate network of interlinking waterways. It also has a very fragile existence, as do most braided rivers.

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Gandhi Ashram Trust of Bangladesh

Mahatma Gandhi is a global legend, who is known throughout the world for his teachings of peace and tolerance. No matter what religion someone practices, the respect for Mahatma Gandhi and the general message he tried to deliver to mankind is honored till today. Many places that he visited became famous sites, monuments and museums, such as the Gandhi Ashram in India, where his message can still be heard. He travelled the world, and each destination has paid tribute to him in some way, as did the Gandhi Ashram Trust of Bangladesh.

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Navanna Festival in Bangladesh

As in many other countries, Bangladesh has a history of folk festivals that originated from rites and celebrations that were held to keep the gods happy. Human sacrifices have not taken place in centuries, but some festivals have survived the ages and are still celebrated, such as agricultural festivals for fertility of livestock and for a good crop. These festivals appeal to gods for rain, sun and fruitful crops. One of the ancient festivals that used to take place in Bangladesh was Navanna. It is still celebrated today, but some of the rituals have changed.

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Preserving and Promoting the Bangla Language

Located in the city of Dhaka, the Bangla Academy aims to promote the Bangla language in Bangladesh and beyond its borders. In line with this aim, the Bangla Academy introduced the Bangla Academy Award in 1960 to acknowledge creativity in poetry, short stories, novels, essays, juvenile literature and translation, as well as overall contributions to promoting Bangla as a language and Bangla literature.

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Beauty of Boga Lake

A few years ago, the Bogakain Lake, or Boga Lake as it is most commonly known, could only be reached on foot. Today there is a road that runs near the lake, although most visitors still opt for the five hour hiking trail due to the beauty of the landscape. It is also a lake that is steeped in mystery and ancient tales, and is believed to be the home of a dragon. The beautiful forests and bamboo that embrace Boga Lake often let visitors forget that this is one of the highest mountain-surrounded lakes in Bangladesh.

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