Rohingyas: Their Culture

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Rohingyas: Their Culture

Rohingya clothing:

Rohingyas traditionally follow the Indo-Burmese dresses which date back to the origin of Rohingya hundreds of years ago.

Normally, Rohingyas dresses are undistinguishable the way ordinary Burmese dresses. Men wear Bazu (shirt with long sleeves) and Longgi or Doothi (loincloths) covering till ankles. In addition to these, the religious scholars prefer wearing Kurutha, Jubba or Panjabi (long clothes) together with hats with or without turbans. In official or national occasions, Rohingya men sometimes wear Taikpon (collarless jackets) on top of the shirts.

In the time of festivals, Rohingya youths try to wear as nice as possible with the blends of t-shirts, polo-shirts, Panjabi (Indo dresses) and jeans. The commonest of all is wearing slippers (Sandal) both men and women alike; lighter, slimmer and smaller for women.

Rohingya Music & Song

Music and song reflect lives of people the way they think, feel, express and the way they are. Likewise, the lives of Rohingyas are influenced with one of the most important factors of culture; music and song. Rohingyas use many traditional instruments such as Tobla and Juri in combination of modern musical instruments. Song plays an oral medium for transmitting emotion, feeling and sentiment of Rohingyas in order to keep their history alive to the majority of non-literate community through religious, philo-sophical and country songs.In summer time, many Rohingya youngsters go for singing under the moonlit nights with or with-out their musical instruments to feel fresh.There are also many groups of singers and musicians who release songs of all genres, and even it is easy for anyone who wants to dedicate a song for special one mentioning the name in the song from his or her favorite singer.Howla is a kind of popular song sung in almost every wedding ceremony by women accompa-nied with dancing. Bitayali Geét (song), Jari Geét and Gazír Geét are some of the melodious songs popular among Rohingya community.It is well noted that Rohingya Music and Song was broadcasted on May 15, 1962, the year before Ne Win military regime seized power.

Bolá Fiçá (Rohingya Snack)

Bolá fiçá dasé gura dhoór beggún é bicí fosón goréde ekkán Rohingya ókkol ór nasta. Soil or guri ré híñzat di haiñ banai, lamba lamba hóñlat doilla bana fore.

Baade miçár fanít diyóre há. Gorom muúsom ot bicí estemal goré, háas gorí bouli kéla arde boól kéla ókkol ot bicí bese dé daháza. Iín óre dasé gura fuain dé bicí fosó goré oinno nasta ókkol óttu áro. Camic di loi háa fore.


Luçifiçá  is traditional food of the Rohingya people. They enjoy whenever they have Luçifiçá at home or during festivals.


Faan (betel-leaf) is one of the most popular items in Burma/Myanmar  and equally  for the Rohingya too. Guests, friends or relatives are always welcomed by Faan in every home.

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