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Business etiquette, language & culture

Overview

Bangla is the main language. However, written business correspondence and trade literature should be in English.

Bangladesh is hierarchical, even in the office situation. In meetings, small-talk, particularly about the family, is highly valued as you build a relationship. Decisions will not be made unless the owner, company director or senior manager is present at a meeting.

Meetings can be subject to interruptions, such as phone calls or staff members walking in to have documents signed. This is an accepted practice as it is considered rude not to immediately respond to phone calls.

Over 90% of the population are Muslim. Be sensitive to the ethnic background of your contact, for instance do not give alcohol or pork-based items.

 

Bangladesh public holidays 

2018

Date:

Holiday:

Monday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Wednesday 21st February

Shahid Day 

Saturday 17th March

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birthday

Monday 26th March

Independence & National Day

Saturday 14th April

Bengali New Year’s Day

Monday 30th April

Buddha Purnima / Vesak (Baishakhi Purnima)

Tuesday 1st May

Labour Day

Tuesday 15th May 

Ramadan

Friday 8th June 

Jumatul Bidah

Wednesday 13th June 

Night of Destiny / Laylat al-Qadr

Thursday 14th June 

Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Wednesday 15th August 

National Day of Mourning

Tuesday 21st August 

start of Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

Wednesday 22nd August 

end of Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

Monday 3rd September 

Shuba Janmashtami

Thursday 13th September 

Muharram / Ashura

Friday 19th October 

Durga Puja (Vijaya Dashami)

Wednesday 21st November 

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi / Birth of the Prophet

Sunday 16th December 

Victory Day

Tuesday 25th December 

Christmas Day

 


 

 

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