Families of Bangladesh



It is necessary to start with the fact that Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Here there are big problems with the amount of water, which is not applicable only to the inhabitants of the coast. Not infrequent here are natural cataclysms.

All this, of course, affects the lives of Bangladeshis and their family life. In this country you can meet representatives of different religions, including Hinduism, even a small percentage of Christianity.


However, most of the residents of Bangladesh are Muslims. Their number is a little less than ninety percent. Of course, the relationship in the family is based primarily on religious dogma.

The Quran and Sunnah dictate their irrefutable principles and rules. In Bangladesh, as in a number of other Islamic countries, the issue of women’s rights in society is especially acute.

At the moment, it should be noted that ardent representatives of the fundamental values ​​of Islam do not encounter any resistance, which affects the family relations of Bangladeshi, the institution of marriage in general. Thus, this country has its own culture, and often follows traditions and customs that go back to the depths of the centuries.

About eighty percent of the total population of Bangladesh lives in villages and villages. The rural community still plays a huge role.

At the present stage, young people are increasingly appearing, the desire to move to big cities. The social policy of Bangladesh is to a large extent currently directed at raising the level of education in the country, so young people are discovering new opportunities that many are not willing to miss.

However, the number of migrating people to big cities is low enough. Most remain in their native villages. It should be noted that there is a widespread respect for the older generation based on the traditions of the Koran.

Usually the oldest, and therefore the most revered, person heads his large family. He looks after, even controls all members of his family. His word is decisive and when a family member wants to marry very often, parents are engaged in finding a partner for their child.

If the choice of parents does not suit young people, then they have the right, fixed at the legislative level, not to enter into such marriage. However, it is interesting that without the consent of their parents or guardians, marrying in Bangladesh is prohibited.

There is also almost an official age limit for marriage: eighteen years for girls and twenty-one years for boys. However, a young person is unlikely to be given the “good” to create a family if he does not have his own income. In general, the customs and rituals of Bangladeshi are quite colorful and interesting.

So, for example, consider the wedding ceremony in Bangladesh. A special platform is made for the celebration.

It is abundantly decorated with flowers: the number of scarlet roses, violets and many exotic floras for us is amazing. Here it should be noted that the organization of such a holiday, with a traditionally huge number of guests and a table that breaks from a variety of dishes, is for parents of great financial costs.

This can have a very serious impact on the well-being of the family as a whole. Sociologists even say that such a custom as payment of a dowry to a future husband is in general one of the most significant causes of poverty and poverty in the country.

In order to marry a daughter in Bangladesh, sometimes the amount is not commensurate with family income. The tradition of claiming a dowry is illegal, but this custom has not yet been eliminated.

It is clear why the birth of a daughter is not a reason for joy for the people of Bangladesh. After the wedding, the husband takes his wife to his house from the parents’ house, and now she is obligated to fully obey him.

In cities, however, there is a tendency for young people to live separately.However, in a village, several families can live in the same house, unquestionably following the rules established by the senior member in the house.

The head of the family even distributes responsibilities for farming among his numerous daughter-in-law. If we talk about relations within a young family, Islam does not allow a lot of time to spend together a married couple: it is impossible to demonstrate feelings, the husband should work (in Bangladesh, the majority of the male population is engaged in agriculture), and the wife should conduct household activities and deal with children.

It turns out that married couples are rarely seen at all. Women adhere to a strict style of dress. In Bangladesh they will never go out, forgetting to put on a headscarf. It is extremely difficult to talk about family relations, which are based on centuries-old customs and numerous conventions dictated by religion.

It is unlikely that a woman feels unhappy in a marriage. She does not know what happens in some other way, so this life in submission to her completely suits. So many generations lived, and it is extremely difficult to change the stereotypical thinking of women and men in Bangladesh.


Usually, in general, husbands in Bangladesh are well treated with a weaker sex: they spoil their wives with flowers and gold ornaments. However, there are, unfortunately, some exceptions.

For example, in one of the cities, Islamic fundamentalists forbade women to appear on one of the central streets of the city, because there is a mosque, this corresponds to the canons of the Koran. An impostor wandered along the street with a stick, threatening to be beaten by those who disobey this prohibition. Of course, such actions are illegal.

One can only hope that Bangladesh will be able to maintain its unique and interesting culture and at the same time get rid of obsolete unnecessary family customs. Perhaps, there is a variant, without departing far from religious norms, to allow to find a woman at least some rights. A woman who feels society’s concern for her well-being will be able to bring even more warmth into her house.



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