There is good reason to be interested in the culture and festivals in Bangladesh: despite its youth as a country, Bangladesh actually has the prestige of cobwebs all over its culture already. Bengali writers such as Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nasrul Islam have added to the richness of its literature over the years and strong interaction with the peoples of abutting countries, India included, have led to a genuinely intriguing local flavour.
One thing that is remarkable about Bangladesh is perhaps how curious the locals are about outsiders (or tourists). This is not a place where people surround the foreigner strolling through the markets in order to try to lead him or her to a shop for which they have a commission: it is far more likely for Bangladeshis to surround you just because they find you so unbelievably intriguing. [Read more…]