[Hints: introduction, situation, various parts, importance, market days, its social value, conclusion]
A village market is an important place for the villagers. We find a village a village market in almost every village of Bangladesh. A village market generally sits at the junction of roads, under a big banyan tree or the bank of a canal or a river. Villagers sell and buy their daily necessaries. It sits in the afternoon and breaks at nightfall. It generally sits twice a week. A village market has various parts. But it has mainly two parts – permanent shops and temporary shops. In the permanent shops people buy clothes, medicine, paper, rice etc. from the temporary shops people buy vegetables, milk and fish. The fish market is the most crowded of all. It is the noisiest too. The betel-leaf seller sits in a corner under the shed. He is a busy seller. A village market plays an important role in the life of the villagers. It is their meeting place. They meet their friends and relatives there. They discuss village politics and settle disputes. The village postman finds it a unique place to deliver letters, money orders etc. there are two kinds of markets – daily markets and ‘hats’. Daily markets open in the morning and break up at 2 p.m. generally ‘hats’ sits twice in a week. It opens in the afternoon and breaks up at night. A village market shows the simplicity of the villagers. It is the best study of the character and standard of a village. Village markets are very important in rural areas. The villagers cannot do without it. But markets are dusty, nasty and insanitary. Their condition should be improved.