Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi paid tributes to the 1952 language martyrs through probhat ferry and placing wreaths at a Shahid Minar, at the chancery.
The national flag was hoisted at half mast on Sunday. A special prayer was held seeking divine blessings for the language martyrs. One minute silence was held in memory of the martyrs.The probhat ferry (dawn procession), led by High Commissioner Muhammad Imran participated by officers, staff and family members of the mission.
The Ekushey elegy “Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February……” was sung as the parade went along the chancery premises.
The High Commissioner then led the mission in placing wreaths at the shahid minar (martyrs’ monument) at the mission’s premises.
The High Commissioner and officers also placed floral wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Imran, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, remembered the supreme sacrifices made by the language heroes of 1952.He paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He said the UNESCO declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day in 1999 thanks to efforts made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“As we observe this historical day, it is important for us to make our young generation conversant with our rich and proud history, our heroes, the culture and heritage,” he said.
The mission’s officers read out the messages issued by President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.
A cultural programme performed by different countries was held in the evening. UNESCO representative read out the message of Director General of UNESCO given on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.
A documentary was also screened on International Mother Language Day.
The programme was attended by number of Ambassadors, diplomats, local elites and media personalities.