When most people use the phrase 'ball season' there is another word that precedes it, like 'basket' or 'base' or 'foot'. However, in Dhaka, the phrase 'ball season' stands alone. Between November and February, various organizations hold formal balls to raise money for charitable causes and give the expats a reason to dress up.
Last night we went to the Marine Ball, the first of the season. This event is held each year around the world, anywhere there are US Marines, to celebrate their birthday on November 10th. We heard stirring speeches about patriotic warriors, dined on fine cuisine, and danced the night away. That is, until midnight when the magic faded and we turned back into tired parents. :)