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Ramadan in Bangladesh

Ramadan is a month-long religious festival also celebrated in Bangladesh that culminates in the very important holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr. During the Ramadan period, followers of Islam overcrowd the mosques for prayer and take part in this festival. Ramadan is supposed to promote peace and places emphasis on the teachings of the Quran (Koran) and the faith of Islam. It is an integral part of the culture in Bangladesh where Islam is one of the most widely practiced religions.

Bangladeshi towns and villages come alive with lights and decorations on the street, in shops and in the market place as Ramadan is the one of the most celebrated Bangladesh festival of the year ij which masses of people participate. The recitation of the Holy Quran (Koran) by means of Tarabih prayers is taken very seriously by the Muslim community - as is the distribution of the Holy Quran (Koran). Muslims take the opportunity during the Ramadan festival to hand out gifts such as books and gifts in an effort to spread the “light”. The message of this time of peace and serenity is taken to the streets and spoken to anyone who will listen.

During the Ramadan festival, adults will “fast” for a month. This means that during the day they will refrain from eating, but at night they are allowed to eat small meals. Ramadan in Bangladesh is also a time to strengthen bonds between friends and family and Muslims will often choose to use the opportunity to visit each other or get together for supper. Children are not forced to take part in the fasting aspect of this religious festival but their participation is encouraged.

Special dishes are prepared during the Fasting of Ramadan, such as “Jilapi” which is a sweet, “Piazu” which is made from onions and “Beguni”, which is a brinjal dish. The importance and dedication to the festival of Ramadan is confirmed by the fact that many parents name their children ‘Ramzan’, in honor of this religious festival.

Committees and communities also use Ramadan as an opportunity to unite people from various economic backgrounds and build bonds between them. By hosting forums, discussions and talks, everyone is invited to participate in the festival and its meaning. Those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are assisted financially so that they too are able to be a part of the celebrations. Ramadan is a festival of giving, taking care of others and educating the community about the Islamic religion. It is a warm and inviting festival that Muslims in Bangladesh anticipate with great excitement each year.



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Rebekah - 2010-08-24 23:26:00

Ramadan in Bangladesh displays the injustice of this month. First off, people don’t eat enough in the first place, couple this with having absolutely messed up eating schedules means people don’t eat properly… (and of course, the kids, who aren’t supposed to fast, do it anyways, because their parents don’t have the energy or money to cook more than 1 or two times a day… not five). And then the prices get raised. It's stupid, It's Ramadan, so people raise the prices. Why? Its Ramadan. Umm… okay… like that makes any sense. Let me point out that if just ¼ of the population of the city (Dhaka) didn’t buy some of the stuff that gets marked up (various fruits, puffed rice, various snack food items) for just one week, the prices would go back down. But, of course, no one does, they just complain, and then buy the item, killing themselves to get it. On the upside, it’s a great time to pray for people. So I guess that’s something to be happy about, no?

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md ebrahim - 2010-08-20 19:23:03

Ramadan mobarok

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Rosalinda A. Villano - 2010-08-18 10:41:17

Thanks for the nice is the curiosity in me that lead me to read the page, I have many Muslim friends way back in my country and in Bangaladesh too, and I respect what ever conviction they believe in specially their choice of releigion, it is fundamntal to have and the right to choose one.. now I am enlightened about Ramadan. The quench for knowledge about this is always there.. Thanks a lot for the article.

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