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Bangladesh dating guide advises how to meet single girls. You just need to know the basic steps how to date Bangladeshi women. Learn how to arrange dates with hot Bangladeshi girls, how to take your relationship to the next level and how to find your soulmate and fall in love. Read more on how to date local women and where to meet girls in Bangladesh, Asia.


Girls in Bangladesh:

  • Looks of girls: 3.5 / 5
  • Attitude of girls: 3 / 5
  • Loyalty of girls: 3 / 5
  • Education level of girls: 2.5 / 5

Dating in Bangladesh:

  • Chance of arranging dates: 3 / 5
  • Casual dating culture: 2.5 / 5
  • Online dating popularity: 2 / 5

Sex in Bangladesh:

  • Women's sexual activity: 2.5 / 5
  • One-night stands: 2.5 / 5

More about Bangladesh:

  • Nightlife in general: 3 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 3 / 5
  • Budget per day: US$75 - $500
  • Accommodation: US$50 - $200

Dating

The People's Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 168 million people. In terms of landmass, Bangladesh ranks 92nd, spanning 147,570 square kilometers making it one of the most densely-populated countries in the world. Bangladesh shares land borders with India to the west, north, and east, Myanmar to the southeast, and the Bay of Bengal to the south. It is narrowly separated from Nepal and Bhutan by the Siliguri Corridor and China by Sikkim, in the north, respectively. Dhaka, the capital and largest city, is the nation's economic, political and cultural hub. Chittagong, the largest seaport, is the second-largest city.

As is the case in other countries dominated by Muslims, dating Bangladeshi girls is fun and exciting on the one hand and a challenge on the other hand. The girls are attractive and have a petite frame with the right bulges at the right places. Bangladeshi women are tender, kind, and prepared to take good care of their men. If you decide to marry a beautiful and passionate Bangladeshi woman, your marriage will make you happier than ever before.


Dating Culture

Bangladesh is largely an Islam country and much of the way of life is influenced by religion. When it comes to dating, the dating scene is relatively subdued. Many marriages are arranged and will generally take place once parents decide that their child should be married. Parents may contact agencies, a ghatak (matchmaker), relatives and friends to help find an appropriate partner for their child. Parents often seek to match their child with someone who is of similar or equal economic status, educational background and religious piousness. However, this is changing, with more Bangladeshis having more autonomy over whom they marry.


Women

Bangladesh has an approximated population of 168 million people. This places the country among the ten most populous countries in the world. Out of this, females make up 49.5% of the population.

The status of women in Bangladesh has been changing over the past few centuries. The Bangladeshi women have made significant progress since the country gained its independence in 1971. The past four decades have seen increased political empowerment for women, better job prospects, increased opportunities of education and the adoption of new laws to protect their rights though Bangladesh's policies regarding women's rights are influenced by patriarchal values. As of 2018, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the Speaker of Parliament, the Leader of the Opposition were women. Since 1988, Bangladesh has not elected a male as Prime Minister.

During the past decades, Bangladesh has improved its education policies; and the access of girls to education has increased. In the 1990s, girls' enrolment in primary school increased rapidly. Although there is now gender parity in enrolments at the primary and lower secondary school level, the percentage of girls drops in the later secondary school years.

One of the most efficient ways to ensure girls’ education in Bangladesh has been through the implementation of madrasas’ schools. In a madrasas school, children have access to civil and religious education, allowing parents to feel safe in sending their daughters to school without feeling like their religious beliefs are being compromised. With the rise of madrasas school catering to the more religious families and communities, more girls have been able to enroll in school.

Although the Constitution of Bangladesh states that women have equal footing with men in all spheres of public life, it also recognizes religious personal laws, which are unequal to women. Four significant events in the life of a woman: marriage; divorce; custody of children; and, inheritance rights are governed by personal laws. Personal laws are based on religious and social value systems. Because women are the primary caregivers for children, in cases of divorce, custody is most often awarded to the mother.

Labor force participation for females has been driven primarily by the growth of approved export industry jobs in textiles and the spread of microfinancing operations. Women's participation in high skill, managerial, and government executive positions has increased only to a limited extent. Income inequalities between women and men are still existent in Bangladesh. However, overtime gender earning gaps have decreased in favor of women.


Bangladeshi Girls (age 18 - 29)

For a long time, girls in Bangladesh have been faced with the challenge of Bangladesh. The country has the fourth-highest prevalence rate of child marriages. Up to 59% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 18th birthday and 22% are married before the age of 15. High value is placed on the virginity of girls in Bangladesh and child marriage is often used as a way of controlling pre-marital sex. A 2013 national study shows that fathers are most often responsible for deciding when and who to marry their daughters to. This means that by the age of 18, many Bangladeshi girls are married.

It is estimated that only 28% of girls can fully pursue their studies. However, the influence of Islam has come in to provide an alternative form of education through Madrasa.

As they grow into adulthood, many girls undergo a transformation in their bodies. Their breasts become bigger and more prominent while their bums and thighs also increase in size. However, many Bangladeshi girls maintain a leaner body structure even as they grow into maturity. In terms of dressing, girls and younger women, especially students, prefer the shalwar kamiz, a combination of calf-length shirt and baggy silk or cotton trousers gathered at the ankles.

The girls in urban areas are more outgoing than rural ones. The girls can be easy to hook up with as most of them are savoring the new freedom caused by moving out of their parents' homes. For most girls, this is the age at which they get married. Bangladeshi women stay with their parents until they get married.


Bangladeshi Women (age 30 - 45)

the early 1980s, most Bangladeshi women aged 30-45 years were confined to doing household chores. This has changed significantly and more women are making significant contributions to the country’s economy.

The biggest contribution of women is in the country’s booming garment sector, where they account for more than 80% of the industry’s 4 million workers. As women grow in their careers, they are increasingly having assay in their lives. While in the past choices were made by their parents, the modern Bangladeshi working woman is increasingly becoming more responsible for her life.

Those who had not married earlier get married and settle down in their families. As they do so, they strive to maintain a balance between the family and their careers and social lives. Many people lose friends at this time as they are unable to find time to catch up as was the case earlier in life. It is also at this time that many women make choices in their careers before settling down to pursue what they want and this will affect how they spend their time.


Bangladeshi Ladies (age 45+)

It is generally expected that at this age most women are settled in marriage given the relatively young age in which girls get married in Bangladesh.

Women tend to be in charge of household affairs. Even when she is employed, most of their economic and social lives revolve around the home, children and family. Although women are gradually gaining more mobility and roles outside of the domestic sphere, men continue to have greater access to education and paid labor as well as acting as the primary source of authority. The oldest woman may have considerable authority within the household, but ultimately it is the patriarch who makes most decisions.


Foreign Girls (tourists, expats, students, etc.)

Of the foreign girls in Bangladesh, tourists make up a significant part. Despite the huge population in the country, Bangladesh receives relatively few tourists. While the country has a huge tourism potential with its natural features and historic establishments, a lot remains to be done to increase the number. The government has been engaging in a campaign to publicize the country as a tourism destination.

Another group of foreign girls is expatriates. The majority of expatriates in Bangladesh live in the large cities of Dhaka and Chittagong. Most tend to live in areas that are separate from the general Bangladeshi population, be it compounds, apartments or other property types. The vast majority of these expatriates were descendants of British colonists who had discovered the many advantages that the British enjoyed in the country and decided to stay.


Sex

While for a long time having sex with Bangladeshi girls has been hard due to the conservative Islam traditions, many young girls are becoming open to sex. The majority of girls with whom it is easy to have sex with are the students in numerous universities. The girls in urban areas are also easier to get to have sex compared to those in rural areas.


Sex Culture

The sex culture in Bangladesh is influenced by religion and culture. Bangladeshi culture is predominantly conservative and patriarchal. Sex education, romance, homosexuality, and sexual behavior are taboo topics for a majority. Bangladesh has a sex education system in schools that teaches it conservatively. Inter-gender friendship is disallowed in society. A peculiar aspect in Bangladesh is that prostitution is legal even though it is still frowned upon by many.


One-Night Stands

In recent times and as a departure from the conservative culture Bangladeshis are hooking up and having sex only to go their separate ways in the morning. This has been also greatly influenced by the great number of foreigners who come into the country for different reasons. These foreign women are seldom looking for long term relationships but will be content with one-night stands.


Best Places to Meet Single Girls

Bangladesh is south Asia's greenest jewel – a country braided with rivers, with a rich culture waiting to be explored by pioneering travelers. The country is braided together by more than 700 rivers, producing a deliciously lush landscape with more shades of green than you ever imagined. Traveling by boat is a way of life here, and provides a fabulous opportunity to see the country from a more unusual angle. This is one of the world's most densely populated countries, but once you're slowly floating downriver on a small wooden rowboat, it's easy to imagine you have it all to yourself. Whether you're traveling to hectic Dhaka or the Sundarbans' mangrove forests, boats large and small will help you explore Bangladesh's riches.


Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

• Station Club: Established in the 1880s, this colonial-era club stocks a limited range of beers and whiskeys which, as a foreign tourist, you can treat yourself to in the evenings. Carry your passport, and adhere to the strict dress code – no sandals, no shorts and no collarless shirts. It's down a lane beside Surma Valley Rest House in Sylhet.

• Blue Moon Recreation Club: Extremely smoky venue modeling itself on the sports-bar experience, although the most recreation going on here is ordering another whiskey. The Blue Moon refers to the surfeit of neon lighting. Food is available, and there's often live music of sorts on Wednesday and Sunday nights.

• Sakura: Dark, smoky and women-free, but popular. Local beers from Tk 20 and imported beers from Tk 250. Located on the 2nd floor of a small handicrafts market opposite the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel. After trading hours, you have to enter from around the back of the market.

• La Diplomat: A typically dark and smoky bar in Dhaka, but with just enough of a chilled atmosphere to take the edge off the seediness.

• Jatra Biroti: Dhaka's coolest music and art lounge, Jagra Biroti hosts regular live music and spoken word events. Brightly painted walls, soft lights and billowing fabrics create a magical caravan atmosphere. Thursday nights typically feature folk music, Fridays are open-mic and Saturdays are 'electro-acoustic'. A small restaurant is also planned for the venue. A real Dhaka gem.

• International Club: One of the best clubs in Dhaka, with a more international vibe. The main issue is that it is quite pricey: They have permanent or 3-month memberships. The permanent is quite difficult to get and it is expensive.

• Bhanga Club: Bhaga stands for British Aid Guest House Association. It is open to non-British citizens. The price is reasonable and the atmosphere laid-back.

• Prego Bar at Hotel Westin: Prego is the fine dining Italian restaurant on the 23rd floor of the Westin hotel. It has a live music band, usually imported from the Philippines, that plays every night from 10 pm to 1 am. The rooftop outdoor area has a nice view of Dhaka.

• Pacific Avenue Sports Bar: This bar opened in September 2018. It promises to be the best place in Dhaka to watch any sports.

Other popular spots in the city include St. Francis Xavier's Club in Dhaka, Sk Goli Cumilla in Cumilla, Upam in Pangsha Upazila and Sadab Nightclub in Darshana.


Shopping Malls

Some of the malls in Bangladesh include:

• Bashundhara City Shopping Complex in Dhaka

• Saregama Bangla Trade Centre in Dhaka

• Afmi Plaza in Chattogram

• Tokyo Square in Dhaka

• Metro Shopping Mall in Dhaka

• Sanmar Ocean City in Chittagong

• Zaara Neha Fashions Mall in Dhaka


Outdoors

Built in 1459, the famous Shait Gumbad Mosque in Bagerhat is the largest and most magnificent traditional mosque in the country. Shait Gumbad means 'the Temple with 60 Domes' – a misnomer considering there are 81. This fortress-like structure has unusually thick walls, built in the tapering brick style, and is a hugely impressive sight. The overall architectural influence is unmistakably Turkish, and the arches within the main hall are a graceful exercise in geometry.

Clouds of incense and a bursting paint box of colors signal a welcome to so-called Hindu Street. Lined on either side with old houses, garlands of lurid orange marigolds, and dark doorways leading to matchbox-sized shops and workshops, this can be an extremely photogenic part of Old Dhaka, as the shankharis (Hindu artisans), whose ancestors came here over 300 years ago, busy themselves creating kites, gravestones, wedding hats and bangles carved out of conch shells.

The flamboyant and delightfully maintained Tajhat Palace in Rangpur is arguably one of the finest rajbaris in Bangladesh. The palace was constructed in the 19th century by Manna Lal Ray, a Hindu trader who was forced to emigrate from Punjab and found his way to Rangpur. He eventually became a successful jeweler, acquired a lot of lands, subsequently won the title of raja (landlord or ruler) and built this huge mansion. Local villagers believe there is treasure hidden in its walls.

This fascinating and atmospheric shrine of the revered 14th-century Sufi saint Shah Jalal is one of Bangladesh's biggest pilgrimage sites. Housing a mosque (masjid) and the main tomb (Mazar), the complex is accessed via an open staircase from the East Darga Gate entrance. Shah Jalal’s tomb is covered with rich brocade, and the space around it is illuminated with candles in the evenings, lending a magical feel. The shrine is found in Sylhet.

Lowacherra National Park: This wonderful patch of tropical semi-evergreen forest, around 8km east of Srimangal, provides some lovely forest walks and also your best chance of seeing the endangered hoolock gibbons in the wild. These are the only apes in Bangladesh and there are only around 200 left in the country, some 60 of which live here. Protected as part of the government-run Nishorgo Network, the park now has walking trails as well as knowledgeable eco-guides who charge Tk 400 an hour.

One of the oldest rajbaris in Bangladesh dating from the early 1700s, the magnificent but dilapidated Natore Rajbari was once the nerve-center of undivided Bengal's second-biggest zamindari (land revenue estate), which lost its sheen in the 19th century. The entire complex – moated by ponds and lined by centuries-old shady trees – is a series of seven rajbaris, four of which remain largely intact. One palace houses a police camp; another is a government office, while several others simply lie in ruins.

Varendra Research Museum: This gem of a museum is tucked away in an unassuming building on a quiet street, but can easily take up half a day of your time. Founded in 1910 with the support of the maharaja of Dighapatia, it is managed by Rajshahi University and is the oldest museum in the country. Housed within is a fantastic and superbly curated collection of relics spanning the entire subcontinent, from the earliest civilization of Mohenjodaro in Pakistan to local archaeological excavation sites.

Set amidst gorgeous countryside, the vault-roofed rouge sandcastle of Kantanagar Temple, also known locally as Kantaji, is a stunning piece of religious artwork, and one of the most impressive Hindu monuments in Bangladesh. Built in 1752 by Pran Nath, a renowned maharaja from Dinajpur, it is the country’s finest example of brick and terracotta style temple architecture. Its most remarkable feature, typical of mid-18th-century Hindu temples, is its superb surface decoration, with infinite panels of sculpted terracotta plaques depicting both figurative and floral motifs.

The hulking 20m-high remains of a 1300-year-old red-brick stupa form the central attraction of the vast monastery complex at Somapuri Vihara. Shaped like a quadrangle covering 11 hectares, the complex has monastic cells that line its outer walls and enclose an enormous open-air courtyard with the stupa at its center. The stupa's floor plan is cruciform, topped by a three-tier superstructure. Look out for clay tiles lining its base, which depict various people and creatures in a variety of postures.


Universities and Colleges

Some of the universities and colleges found in the country include:

• National University, Gazipur

• Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur

• University of Dhaka, Dhaka

• Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

• Independent University, Dhaka

• University of Chittagong, Chattogram

• Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka

• Asian University for Women, Chattogram

• Anwer Khan Modern Medical College Hospital, Dhaka

• Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur


Relationship

As mentioned earlier, many Bangladeshi get into relationships with the sole goal of getting married. Bangladeshi people are generally against romance as Bangladesh is very patriarchal and conservative regarding opposite gender friendship/love proposal; Bangladesh has plenty of people (you can say 98 percent) having same-gender friends but rare and a very few persons have opposite gender friends. This is due to the predominantly patriarchal mentality of the men who think that women are only for household activities and raising children, that's why Bangladeshi society also separate boys and girls in every sphere of life, from school-going to office-going girls and women never make friends with boys and men.


Holiday Romance

We work hard every year with the hope that we will be able to take time to relax and to explore life outside our work environment. This time comes in the form of the holidays. Whether it is during the festive season or other traditional holiday periods or we want to create our holiday moments, this is time that we all look forward. World-systems create a tedious repetitive cycle that guides our adult life. Once someone gets a job, their life becomes a routine of moving from home to work every weekday morning and getting back home every evening. The weekends are used to do any pending house chores and for some, do side hustle. This trend becomes stricter once children come along.

It is therefore natural that we all look forward to getting away for the holidays. Holidays come with the added benefit because they offer the chance for one to hook up with beautiful girls. Spending the holidays in Bangladesh is the perfect opportunity for you to hook up with local Bangladeshi girls or even foreign girls who are also on holiday. While many people get into holiday romance planning to hook up just for the duration of the holiday, some of these hookups blossom into long-term dates which in turn may result in marriage. The various interesting places mentioned above will give you enough distractions and spice up your holiday romance.


Tips for Successful Relationship

We all want to have healthy relationships, but most of us were never really taught about what that means. The key is being communicative and proactive.

As the months and years roll on, we tend to slink into our proverbial sweatpants and get lazy in our relationship. We lose our patience, gentleness, thoughtfulness, understanding, and the general effort we once made toward our mate. Think back to the first year of your relationship and write down all the things you used to do for your partner then start doing them again.

Over time, we assume that our partner knows us so well that we don't need to ask for what we want. What happens when we make this assumption? Expectations are set, and just as quickly, they get deflated. Those unmet expectations can leave us questioning the viability of our partnership and connection. Keep in mind that "asking for what you want" extends to everything from emotional to sexual wants.

Create a weekly ritual to check in with each other. This can be short or long, but it begins by asking each other what worked and didn't work about the previous week and what can be done to improve things this coming week. Additionally, use this opportunity to get on the same page with your schedules, plan a date night, and talk about what you would like to see happen in the coming days, weeks, and months in your relationship.

Unless you have committed to an asexual partnership, sex and touch such as kissing, holding hands, and cuddling are vital components of a romantic relationship. How much sex a couple has is, of course, up to the particular pair of individuals, so you must discuss your ideas about it to manage any desire discrepancy.

Life and work distractions can become paramount in our minds, and that leaves little time or energy for our partner. Barring any emergencies or deadlines, we should be fully present when we are with our mate. We truly hear what they are saying (instead of pretending to listen), we leave our distractions behind, and we don't pick them up again until the sun comes up and we walk out the door.

When conflicts inevitably come up, remember to approach them thoughtfully and with a lot of kindness toward your partner and yourself. If you see the stress beginning to escalate during a conversation about a conflict, one or both of you can call a break so that cooler heads can prevail.

In most disagreements, we communicate from the obvious emotions such as anger, annoyance, and the like. Leading from this place can create confusion and defensiveness, and it can ultimately distract from the real issue. Start communicating from the bottom layer which is the feelings that are driving your reactions, such as disappointment, rejection, loneliness, or disrespect.

Conversations quickly turn to arguments when we're invested in hearing our partner admit that we were right or when we are intent on changing their opinion. Choose to approach a conversation as an opportunity to understand your significant other's perspective as opposed to waiting for them to concede. From this perspective, you will have an interesting dialogue and prevent a blowout or lingering frustration.

It's well understood that apologizing is a good thing, but it only makes a real impact when you mean it. Saying things like "I'm sorry you feel that way," "I'm sorry you see it that way," or "I'm sorry if I upset you" are a waste of time and breath. Even if you don't agree that your action was wrong, you will never successfully argue a feeling.

Any issues you avoid, or truths you don’t want to acknowledge, will likely undermine your relationship. It’s better to face the truth squarely in the face right now and address it, rather than let it sabotage your relationship in the long run. Be intentional and figure out the truth about your relationship. Think through all aspects of it—your feelings and thoughts, the other person’s feelings and thoughts, as well as their external context.


Love

Every human being is born with the ability to show love not only to the people one is born with such as family but with someone else whom we meet along the way. It is this ability that makes human beings start families as compared to other animals which mostly procreate without any feelings attached. A human being will sire another human and will continue to recognize and treat them as their child however old the child grows. This is in contrast to other animals that only bring their children up to the point where they can take care of themselves.

Even though Islam is the predominant religion in Bangladesh, the people of the country are outgoing and fun-loving. The country is not as strict as other Muslim countries and it is not shameful for two young people to be seen in public together. This helps two people who are hoping to fall in love to get to understand each other. Besides, the hospitality and polite nature of Bangladeshis makes it easier to approach and talk to Bangladeshi girls. As soon as you arrive in Bangladesh, you’re met with nothing but smiles from the local people.


How to Make Sure She Is the One

While everyone is looking for different traits in their life partners, there are some essential traits you should seek, from empathy to consistency. These traits help you both to understand and love each other.

A healthy, stable relationship focuses on giving rather than taking. Seeing your significant other happy should make you just as happy, and she should treat you in the same way. Your joy should be her joy, too—it can be as simple as asking about your day or looking after you when you are sick. As time passes, the excitement at the beginning of the relationship will pass, but you should both be just as focused on giving each other happiness.

If you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you must find that person intellectually challenging. Looks are fleeting but personality is forever—your conversations together should be interesting, insightful and full of depth. Your partner should be able to challenge your opinions, opening up your mind to new ideas and concepts.

An ideal wife is someone who will do good things, not just because other men's wives do them too, but because they are the right things to do. She surpasses other women, not because she competes with them, but because she competes with herself and tries to improve every day a little bit more.

Before marrying a woman, you must be sure that she will always support you in any situation, especially in the presence of other people. If she is very considerate, then you won’t have to worry that she somehow will disgrace you. For example, a tactless woman may make a toxic comment to your relatives or may comment on your shortcomings in front of the guests. It doesn’t mean that she should always agree with you. She just has to know how to gently tell you about your problems.

There is a big difference between a wish and the ability to have children. If your girlfriend shows that she likes children and maybe even persuaded you to have a pet, then you know that her mother's instincts are active. For your children, this means that if you marry her, they will have a nice mother and a happy and healthy family. Look at her reaction when you start talking about children, she may feel afraid, but never disgusted.

In addition to supporting and encouraging you to pursue your own goals and dreams, she will have her own as well. A mature woman has a vision for her future and chases after it with voracity. A mature woman will be someone you can take on the world with. She will be your partner in crime, a teammate in your relationship, and life.

Being consistent is a valuable virtue because it lets your partner know that you are who you are. You haven't sent your "representative" to get to know them during the first couple of months of dating, but then suddenly transform once they've committed themselves to you. Consistency is the opposite of volatility. If someone is unpredictable and volatile, it’s difficult to know how they will be acting towards you on a certain day, and that gets old no matter how aesthetically pleasing she is.


Marriage

In Bangladesh, marriage laws are based on a combination of religious and civil law. Civil laws dictate that the legal age of consent and the minimum age for marriage is 18 for women and 21 for men. Bangladesh does not have a specific law banning forced marriage. However, legally, the consent of both parties to a marriage is required. Where parties to a marriage are above the legal age of consent, consent to marry becomes one of the primary factors in determining the validity of a marriage. A forced marriage may, therefore, be challenged and declared invalid if there is evidence to indicate that either party did not consent to the union.

Where the parties are minors, consent to the marriage may be given by their legal guardians. However, marrying off minors is a criminal offense, and persons who marry off minors may be prosecuted under the Child Marriage Restraint Act. However, the marriage itself would not be invalidated by this process.

According to Bangladeshi Civil Law, all marriages in Bangladesh require appropriate approval by the Marriage Registrar. After registering the marriage the couple has to obtain a marriage certificate. A Marriage Certificate is the principle & core document of marriage. You have to keep in mind that the document and process known as "Court Marriage" is the supplementary and additional document that has no value without a marriage certificate. Mere Affidavits of marriage from applicants, relatives or family members is not accepted as to render the validity of a marriage in the eye of the law.

The following conditions must be met:

• The minimum age of the female or bride must be 18 years and 21 years for the groom. They must bring proof(National ID, Passports or Birth Certificates)

• Declaration or offer of marriage by one of the parties and acceptance (Kabul) by the other party.

• A minimum of two witnesses must be present. In the case of female witnesses, it will be counted as- 1 male=2 female. For example, the witness can be two males or 2 females and one male. • One person will be present as guardian or Ukil/ Ukilbaba of the parties.

A Kadhi does the religious formalities. He will recite Surah for marriage and ask for the consent of the parties to the marriage.


Wedding

The wedding ceremony is arranged by the bride's family. The groom, along with his friends and family traditionally arrive later in the evening.

The groom is sent a car from the bride's side and he rides inside it with two elder male relatives, one from the bride's side and another from his own family, as well as the youngest male member from his family dressed as a groom, similar to the "best man" in western traditions. Before leaving for the wedding venue, the groom is blessed by his mother and he formally seeks her permission to begin a new life with his soon-to-be wife. The groom's mother in a Muslim wedding leaves along with the groom and takes him to the bride's house.

The groom's mother presents the bride with jewelry and sarees and then she goes to change into her wedding saree and jewelry. Later the groom and his father and along with the bride's father then meet to sign the official contract ritually giving the bride a set amount of money as her dowry.

In a Muslim ceremony, the bride and groom are seated separately along with family and friends of the same gender each bride and groom with a huzur who asks both if they accept the other as their partners and if they say "qobul" (meaning I accept) then they sign the wedding document and are officially married and then seated next to each other and ask for the blessing of their family and God. Then music begins to play and food is served and women especially from the groom and bride's side of the family dance and take pictures and talk with the guests.

The next morning, preferably before noon, a "Bashi Biya" is held, and the couple leaves for the groom's house after evening. This is known as the bidaay ("goodbye or farewell") ceremony.


Family Life

The family is central to one’s social life in Bangladesh, forming the basis of individuals’ support networks. The typical household in Bangladesh, especially in villages, often includes several generations. Indeed, if individuals do not live in a village, they will usually still have relatives (such as their parents) who reside in their home village. People living in urban areas and cities often try to make at least one trip per year to their village – particularly men that work in different locations to provide for their families.

The general approach to family ties is communal, and people often act in the best interests of the community rather than based on their individual preferences. Generally, children are expected to consult their parents on major life choices such as their education and marriage. This is slowly changing, with some people making decisions without deliberating with their parents.

The most common family unit in Bangladesh is called the ‘barhi’. This consists of a husband and wife, their unmarried children, and their adult sons with their wives and children. The barhi provides economic stability and a form of social identity. The barhi is both patriarchal and patrilineal. For example, it is common to find married sons living in their parents’ household during the father’s lifetime, and grandparents may also be present depending on the family’s economic and personal situation. While sons often build separate houses for their nuclear families, they remain under their father’s authority.


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