Men, especially in urban areas, wear western style clothing.  Men in rural villages wear a lungi (a circular piece of cloth knotted at the waist and extending to the ankles) with a genji (like an undershirt).  Some men wear white religious clothing called pajama (a western pajama bottom) and a panjabi (like a knee-length pajama top).  Women wear a traditional saree, a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body in a special way.  Jewelry is important to a woman’s wardrobe, because it also provides financial security.  Women don’t wear pants, and adults don’t wear shorts.

The picture is of a woman wearing a saree.


The population of Bangladesh is about 150,448,339 people.  The birth rate is about 29 births/1000 population and the life expectancy is about 63 years.  Female literacy rate is 31.8%, for males it is 53.9%, and the literacy rate for the total population is about 43.1%. 

Family Life

Extended families usually live together, and the children, especially the sons, are expected to look after their elders.  Likewise, grandparents are responsible for children when their parents are away.  The Bangladesh society is male dominated, and they're very protective of their female relatives.  Women are discouraged from being outside after sunset and usually have a low status in society except for the upper class.  In cities, most people live in apartment buildings.  In urban slum areas, houses are made of bamboo structures with a roof of bamboo or tin.  In villages or rural areas people live in small clusters of bamboo or mud huts.

The picture is of a Bangladesh family.

Daily Life

There aren't very many roads in Bangladesh and they usually aren't paved.  The main forms of transportation are buses (often crowded), rickshas, and baby-taxis (three-wheeled motor scooters).  For more private transportation, most people walk or ride bike, and taxis are expensive but safe.  Rivers are used to transport people and goods throughout the country, and railroads are also important.  Phones are mostly in urban areas, and cell phones are beginning to fill the gap in rural areas where there aren't any landlines.  Televisions in homes are increasing, and most people have a radio.