Friday, February 11, 2011

B Is For Bengali

We are participating in the Christian Home School Hub's Passport to the World journey. This second week, we're exploring Bangladesh (Bengali is its official language). Below are some basic info. and interesting facts we've learned about Bangladesh and some useful links that different homeschool families share at .

Hello in Bengali: Nomoskar (no mo scar)

Basic Info.
Capital: Dhaka
Population: About 147 million people
Language: Bangla (also called Bengali)
Religion: About 85% Muslim, 12% Hindu, and less than 1% Christian. Bangladesh has the 4th largest Muslim population in the world.

Interesting Facts
  • Bangladesh is about the same size as the state of Illinois.
  • About 1/3 of Bangladeshi people are younger than 15 years old.
  • Rickshaws are a common type of transportation.
  • Kabaddi (from a Hindi word meaning "holding breath") is the national sport. The object of the game is to tag players without taking a breath and to avoid being tagged. Children also play cricket, field hockey, and soccer.
  • Elementary school for ages 6-11 is mandatory and free. Schools average 59 students per one teacher.
  • One of the most common foods that Bangladeshi eat is fish.
  • The Bengal tiger is a national symbol of this country known as "The Land of the Bengal Tiger."
  • Because flooding is common, many homes are built on stilts, and roads are built up higher than ground level.
  • Shemai or sweet vermicelli is a popular Bangladeshi dessert.
  • In Bangladesh, people eat with their hands.
  • Bangladesh is the world's largest producer of jute, a fibrous substance used in making burlap, sacks, mats, rope and twine, and carpet backing.
  • The largest hailstone recorded fell on April 14, 1986 in Bangladesh weighing 1kg (2.25lbs). The hailstorm reportedly killed 92 people.
Useful Websites
Did you know that Bangladesh is one of the wettest countries in the world? There are 3 types of natural disasters that usually take place each year in Bangladesh: drought during summer, flooding during the rainy season, and cold spells (when the winds from the Himalayan Mountains blow down). Some people in Bangladesh do not have clean drinking water. Sometimes Muslims will not let Christians drink water from clean wells because some Muslims believe that if a Christian drinks the water, it makes the water unclean. Please pray for Christians in Bangladesh who have to walk miles to get muddy water from a pond or river every time they need water.
ee-SHOH-rayr GOW-rohb hohk! (Praise the Lord! in Bengali)
Accha (Goodbye in Bengali)

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