Bangladesh missions abroad observe Amar Ekushey

Diplomatic Correspondent

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh missions abroad observed the Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day by paying profound respect and gratitude to the martyrs of 1952 Language Movement.

In observance of the “Shaheed Dibash”, officials and employees of the embassy and their spouses led by respective embassy’s Ambassador paid glowing tributes to the language heroes by placing wreaths at the altar of the Shaheed Minar at one-minute past zero hour on Friday.  They stood in solemn silence for a while as a mark of deep respect to the memories of the language heroes. Diplomats from different embassies, political leaders, journalists, representatives of social and cultural bodies and expatriate Bangladeshis largely attended the events in the Bangladesh embassies and high commissions.

In the morning the Ambassadors hoisted national flag at half-staff. Later, the messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were read out. Special prayer was offered seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Language Movement and the Liberation War.

Displaying linguistic diversity and multilingualism in a brilliant fashion, artists from Bangladesh and 11 foreign countries sang and danced during a cultural soiree at Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC in observance of the International Mother Language Day.

Performers from Bangladesh, USA, Afghanistan, Colombia, Russia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Paraguay, Sri Lanka and Ukraine sang songs and danced, enthralling the audience in the packed Bangabandu Auditorium on Friday evening. American diplomat Daniel Buchman recited in Bangla a poem “Ekush Amar” written by Bangladeshi diplomat Mahbub Hassan Saleh, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC.

The Bangladesh Consulate in New York observed the day with due respect. It also organised a discussion meeting and it was addressed by Bangladesh Consul General Sadia Faizunnessa, Senator from New York.