Market means a place where things are bought and sold. A village market is very important and useful to the villagers. Bangladesh is a country of villages. Therefore, there are a good number of village markets in our country. A village market is locally known as 'hat'.
A village market sits once or twice a week. Usually it sits by the side of a road or a river under the shade of trees. Some big villages have daily markets. This kind of market sits in the morning and breaks up before noon. A 'hat' usually sits in the afternoon and breaks up late in the evening.
There are two kinds of shops in a village market. Some shops are permanent and some are temporary. Grocers, tailors, cloth-sellers, blacksmiths have their permanent shops. Rice, meat, clothes, stationery goods etc. are sold in such shops. In the temporary shops the sellers spread their goods under the sheds for sale. Fish, vegetables, milk, earthen pots etc. are sold in open places. Different goods are sold in different places and shops are arranged in rows.