The nation celebrated the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Banagabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Sunday in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara in Gopalganj.President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the great leader by placing wreaths at his grave at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the Father of the Nation as the bugle played the last post.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave a guard of honour on the occasion.
The birthday of Bangabandhu was celebrated across the country as the National Children’s Day.
The day was a public holiday.
The theme of this year’s birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children’s Day was “Bangabandhu’s birthday, rinse life of the children with colour”.The President and the Premier offered Fateha and joined a munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Bangabandhu, was present on the occasion.
Awami League leaders and ministers, including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Kabir Hossain, Rashidul Alam, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Faruk Khan, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, Abdur Razzaque, Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, AK Abdul Momen, Tipu Munshi, Hasan Mahmud, Farhad Hossain, Shahriar Alam, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim, Abul Hasnat Abdullah and Sheikh Helal Uddin were present.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hasan, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin and senior AL leaders and high civil and military officials were also present.
Later, the President signed the visitor’s book kept on the mazar premises.
Earlier upon his arrival on the mazar premises, President Abdul Hamid was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Abul Hasnat Abdullah.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of AL.
The Prime Minister flew to Tungipara after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 7:00am at Dhanmondi in the capital.
She stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect for his memory in front of the portrait.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army gave salute this time.
Sheikh Hasina, as the Awami League president, along with other party leaders placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the ruling party.
Awami League senior leaders, including HT Imam, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail
Ahmed and Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Matia Chowdhury, Abdul Matin Khashru, Abdur Razzaque, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Abdur Rahman, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim, B M Mozemmel Haque, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Hasan Mahmud, Afzal Husain and Sujit Roy Nandi, among others were present on the occasion.
Later, the leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and other socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
Since assumption of state power in 1996, the ruling AL is observing the day as a National Children’s Day.
Marking the day, the Awami League has taken up a two-day programme, including hoisting of national and party flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi and all party offices at 6:30am.
The ruling party will also hold a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital at 3:00pm today (Monday).
Party president Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to preside over the programme.
Leaders and activists of the ruling party and its associate organisations and people from all strata of life and different cultural, professional and social organisations, thronged Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi around 6:00am for paying tributes to Bangabandhu.
After the departure of the premier, leaders of different political, social, cultural and professional organisations turned up at Bangabandhu Bhaban for paying tributes to the Father of the Nation.
Apart from this, different organizations, including Bangladesh Chhatra League, Mahila Sramik League, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, Jubo League, Swechchhasebak League, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Matshayajibi League, Tanti League, Muktijoddah Janata League, Bangabandhu Sainik League, Jatiya Biddut Sramik League, Mukijoddah Foundation and Bangabandhu Ain Parishad, paid tributes to the Father of the Nation by laying wreaths at his portrait.
Different professional bodies, including Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Bangladesh Cancer Research Center also paid tribute to Bangabandhu.
Dhaka University also observed the day in a befitting manner through placing wreath, discussion meeting, art competition for children and cultural programmes.
Apart from national programmes, children’s gatherings, public rallies, discussions and cultural functions are also being organised at district and upazila levels.
Bangladesh missions abroad have also taken up elaborate programmes to mark the occasion.