Missions abroad mark Int’l Mother Language Day

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh missions abroad observed Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day in a befitting manner on Sunday. 

The missions paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952’s great Language Movement by placing wreaths at the altar of the Shaheed Minar on the premises of the embassies and the high commissions at 12:01am.

Marking the day, the other programmes included special prayers and discussions.  

The national flag was hoisted at half-mast with playing the national anthem followed by observance of one minute of silence in respect of the language martyrs. Messages of President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were read out.

Bangladesh missions in Washington DC, New Delhi, Beijing, Kathmandu, Colombo, Athens, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Canberra, Cairo, Hanoi, Tashkent, Bangladesh Consulates in New York, Istanbul and Jeddah, Deputy High Commissions in Mumbai and Kolkata organised different programmes, marking the day. 

According to a press release from the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC, Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Shahidul Islam placed a wreath at the Shaheed Minar on the embassy premises at 12:01am. He was followed by officials, employees and members of their families.

Later, the ambassador placed a wreath at the bust of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and observed silence for a while as a mark of respect for the great leader.

Speaking on the occasion at Bangabandhu Auditorium, Shahidul said the Bengali nation has set an outstanding example by sacrificing life for the mother tongue.

“When the entire world is following our path, we should not feel hesitate to show appropriate respect to our own language and our own culture,” he said.

The Tokyo mission observed the day with due respect. The programme started with placing the floral wreath at the temporary Shaheed Minar on the mission premises by Bangladesh Ambassador Shahabuddin Ahmed.

Considering the pandemic situation and following the guidelines of the Japanese government, the mission organised an online discussion on the significance of the day.

Former Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masato Watanabe, also President of the Japan-Bangladesh Society, in his speech promised to extend their support in strengthening Japan-Bangladesh bilateral relations. Masaki Ohasi, Professor at the University of Sacred Heart, Tokyo, discussed the significance of Bangla Language.

In a video message, Mayor of Toshima city Yukio Tanako said that the International Mother Language day remind them their own language.

Deputy Secretary General of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO Yoshiaki Ishida in a separate video message expressed his gratitude for inviting him in the programme. 

The Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur observed the day with due fervor and solemnity. For the first time, the HC organised virtual programme in collaboration with the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO.  State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam participated in the event as the ‘Guest of Honour’.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia Md Golam Sarwar also delivered welcome speech in the event.

The High Commission in Canberra organised a Probhat Fery for the third consecutive year.  Bangladeshis and Australians participated in the programme.

Australian dignitaries, including the Australian Capital Territory Environment and Heritage Minister Rebecca Vassarotti, MLA Alister Coe, many ambassadors, including from India and Russia and other members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and other federal departments and above all Bangladesh community members passionately attended the Probhat Fery.

Men and women representing government offices, ambassadors, school teachers and Bangladeshi origin Australian professionals and students assembled in the dawn and marched together with flowers, festoons and banner singing the song of Ekushey “Amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushe February, ami ki bhulite pari”. 

The Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo also organised different programmes on the occasion of the day.