The nation is observing the 102nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day-2022 today in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence and the greatest Bangalee of all time, was born at a respectable family at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Bangabandhu led every historic movement, including War of Liberation in 1971, the Language Movement in 1952, the Movement against Martial Law in 1958, the Six-point Movement in 1966 and the Mass Upsurge in 1969.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations, including the ruling Bangladesh Awami League and its associate organisations, have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The government has also extended Mujib Barsho, which began marking the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu in 2020, till March 31 this year.
The day is a public holiday.
Marking the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
He (Bangabandhu) always used to engage himself with philanthropic works as well as with the alleviation of the sufferings of others, he said, adding that every moment of his life, wherever he found injustice, exploitation and torture, he went into action for protest.
Prime Minister in her message said the main goal of the government is to build the country’s children as good citizens following the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On the occasion, the premier extended her heartiest greetings to the countrymen including the children.
Both the President and the Prime Minister will place wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
They will also offer doa and milad mahfil there, seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu and his family members who were brutally killed on the fateful night on August 15 in 1975.
Later in the evening, President Abdul Hamid will host a milad and doa mahfil at Durbar Hall of Bangbhaban after Magrib prayers.
In the morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi in the capital at 7:00am.
Later, the premier will fly to Tungipara to join the President to pay homage to Father of the Nation and participate in other programmes there.
Marking the day, National Implementation Committee for Birth Centenary Celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has taken special programme titled ‘Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi’.
The programme includes placing wreaths at Bangabandhu’s grave at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 12.30pm. A discussion and cultural function will be arranged at 2.30pm on the occasion.
Awami League and different social and cultural organisations have also chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu.
The ruling party will hold a weeklong programme from today with the title ‘Hridoye Pitribhumi’.
National and party flags kept hoisted atop of all Awami League offices across the country, including the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Awami League paid tribute to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 at 7.30am.
AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join a ‘children-juvenile’ rally on the day. A discussion will be held there in the afternoon to mark the day.
Another discussion will be held at Tungipara tomorrow. The AL will organize the programme.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, a student wing of the AL, will hold programmes marking Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and golden jubilee of the country's independence on March 19.
To mark the day, Jatiya Sramik League will hold programmes on March 20, Krishak League on March 21, Awami Jubo League on March 22, Jubo Mohila League on March 23, Mohila Awami League on March 24 and Awami Swechchhasebak League on March 25.
Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad will provide low-cost medical services in Tungipara from March 19 to 25 on the occasion.
Apart from these programmes, a folk fair (Lokoj Mela) will be held from March 19-25 at Gopalganj Sadar.
Bangladesh missions abroad have also chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.
National dailies published special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting the illustrious life of Bangabandhu.