All preparations have been completed to observe Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day on Sunday by paying glowing tribute to the language movement martyrs.
On February 21 in 1952, people from all walks of life, including students, brought out a procession in protest against then Pakistani rulers’ announcement that Urdu will be the state language.Salam, Jabbar, Rafiq and Barkat, among others, were killed in police firing on a students’ procession on the day.
The day has also been observed as the International Mother Language Day since 2000 following a UNESCO decision announced in November 1999.
In observance of the day, Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka and nearby areas has been decorated while security beefed up in and around Shaheed Minars across the country.
Considering the Covid-19 situation, a maximum of five delegates from each organisation and a maximum of two persons at the individual level can lay wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
None will be allowed to enter the Shaheed Minar premises without wearing a mask.
As per the custom, Dhaka University is supervising the Amar Ekushey observance programmes. The DU authorities have completed all preparations and urged the people to observe the day abiding by health guidelines.Students of the Fine Art Faculty at Dhaka University decorated the Central Shaheed Minar and the walls around the monument with various graffiti.
People from all walks of life will place wreaths at Shaheed Minars singing in chorus ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulite Pari,’ standing in solemn silence for a while in honour of the language movement heroes.
Due to the corona situation, representatives of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are expected to lead the nation in paying homage to the language heroes at the Central Shaheed Minar.
As per the stringent security measures in and around the Central Shaheed Minar and Dhaka University campus, traffic will not be allowed on roads leading to the Shaheed Minar between 6:00pm on Saturday and 6:00pm on Sunday except for vehicles with authorised stickers.
People will be allowed to use road in front of old High Court building via Doyel Crossing, Bangla Academy, TSC crossing, road beside DU vice-chancellor’s house, Nilkhet police box, New Market crossing on their way to Azimpur graveyard, Dhaka University officials said.
People can also visit Shaheed Minar from New Market crossing via road passing by Home Economics College and Eden Girls College, Ice Cream crossing at Azimpur, Palshey crossing, roads in front of Salimullah Muslim Hall and Jagannath Hall.
Alongside elaborate programmes by the government, different political parties, including the ruling Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), socio-cultural and professional organisations and educational institutions have chalked up programmes to mark the day.
Bangabandhu’s special contribution to the language movement will be presented in various programmes in line with the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
National flag will be kept half-mast at all the government, semi-government, autonomous and private organisations and educational institutions on the occasion of Amar Ekushey.
All the educational institutions, local government bodies, district and upazila administration, Bangladeshi missions abroad have taken preparations to observe the day maintaining heath guidelines.
Offering Fateha and Qurankhwani will be held at Azimpur graveyard and special prayers will be arranged at all places of worships across the country, seeking eternal peace of the language martyrs.
Key city points, crossings and intersections will be decorated with festoons with inscription of Bangla letters.
State-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and private TV channels and newspapers will broadcast special programmes, highlighting the significance of the day.