Bangladesh has a folk heritage influenced by animist, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim traditions. Art includes woven goods, pottery and terra cotta sculpture. Folk theater is common in villages and usually occurs during harvest time or at village fairs.
The rich tradition of music of Bangladesh can be divided into three distinct categories: classical, folk and modern.
Folk music, nurtured through the ages by village bards, is the most popular and timeless form of music in Bangladesh. Folk music is rich in devotional mysticism and lovelores. Modern Bengali music originated from two distinct schools. The first is a blend of East and West. The second experimented with the synthesis of classical, folk and Middle Eastern musical strains, and was spearheaded by the rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Bangla (also known as Bengali): ShAgatom (Welcome), AmAr nAM (My name is...), Kemon Achho? (How are you?), DhonnobAd (Thank you)
Sports & Games
Bangladeshis enjoy playing cricket, soccer and badminton.
A typical Bangladeshi meal is spicy and consists of beef and sometimes mutton, chicken, fish or egg. Vegetables are served with lentils and plain rice. A common and popular snack is jhal muri (hot puffed rice).