The nation on Wednesday celebrated the 101st birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a vow to materialize his dream of building a developed and prosperous nation free from hunger and poverty.
On March 17, 1920, Bangabandhu, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected family at Tungipara village in Gopalganj.Marking the day, his life-long struggle for the creation of Bangladesh was recalled across the country through various programmes.
A 10-day special programme also began at the National Parade Ground in the capital, marking the golden jubilee of the country’s independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, a towering figure.
The first day of 10-day special programmes to celebrate Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary was observed with the theme ‘Vengechho Duar Esechho Jotirmoy’ organized by the National Implementation Committee for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary at the National Parade Square at 4.30 pm.
Marking the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital.
State guest Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih along with his wife also paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation at Dhanmondi 32.
Besides, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Premier Yoshihide Suga and noted journalist Sir William Mark Tully issued video messages marking the day.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi Dorji, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also paid homage to Bangabandhu through tweeting.
The day was a public holiday.
National dailies published special supplements while Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech was played and documentaries on Bangabandhu’s life and works and War of Liberation were screened throughout the week at upazila levels.
Key streets and important establishments were also illuminated. Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radios broadcasted special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Besides, different socio-cultural and political organisations, including Awami League and its associate organisations, have chalked out programmes to mark the day.
Discussion, drawing and essay competitions, cultural functions were also held at district and upazila levels and different educational institutions.
As per the programmes, the national and party flags were hoisted atop all AL offices across the country including Bangabandhu Bhaban and AL’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office and placing wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait.
A delegation of the AL paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj and joined a doa mahfil there. Doa mahfil (special prayers) was arranged at the mosques across the country including Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Johr prayers. Christian community members arranged special prayers at Tejgaon Church at 8:00 am and Mirpur Baptist Church at 9:00 am. Buddhist community members held prayers at International Buddhist Monastery at Merul Badda at 10:00 am and Hindu community members arranged prayers at Dhakeshwari National Temple at 11:30 am. Marking the day, AL will arrange a discussion at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at 11:00 am on March 21. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the discussion through videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence.
Besides, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation, Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt.) Ltd, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority, Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Dhaka University, Fareast International University, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh University Grant Commission, Milestone College, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University and Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh, among others, celebrated the day with elaborate programmes.