Dhaka – Bangladesh is set to celebrate on Friday the birthday of its independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated along with most of his family in 1975.
The day will be observed as National Children’s Day as he liked to pass time with the children on his birthday.
The government, ruling Awami League party and other socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the 98th birthday of the slain leader. The day is a public holiday.
Bangabandhu was born on March 17, 1920 in Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now a district
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the nation on the occasion of the birthday of Bangladesh’s uncompromising leader who led almost all democratic movements. He led Bangladesh into its liberation war in 1971.
Hamid said Bangabandhu always dreamt of building a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal).
“We have to build our young generation as worthy citizens to materialise Bangabandhu’s dream,” he said.
Prime Minister Hasina said Bangabandhu was not only the leader of the Bangalee but also a forerunner in realising the rights of the oppressed and deprived masses of the world.
“Let us join our hands to build a non-communal, hunger-poverty free and happy-prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation. On the day, this is our commitment,” she said.
The president and the prime minister will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj tomorrow morning and will join a prayer session.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force will give an honour guard on the occasion.
Later, the Prime Minister will attend a children’s rally, book fair and cultural event to be organised on the premises of Bangabandhu Mausoleum.
She will also visit a photography exhibition on Bangabandhu’s life titled “Khoka Theke Bangabandhu” to be arranged at the mausoleum premises.
Awami League, its associate and likeminded bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
The programme includes hoisting of national flag and party flag atop the Bangabandhu Bhaban and all party offices at 6.30am and paying tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 here at 7am tomorrow.
A discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on Saturday highlighting the life and philosophy of the leader. Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will chair it.
Islamic Foundation will arrange Quran Khwani, Milad and Doa Mahfil at over 60, 000 academic institutions including madrasas throughout the country at 9am tomorrow praying for eternal peace of departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members who were assassinated on August 15 in 1975.
Dhaka University led by its Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique will pay homage by placing wreaths at the portrait at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
A discussion will be held at the Teacher-Student Centre of DU on the campus at 10.30am. Prayers will be held after the Friday prayers at different residential hall mosques including the central mosque and Upasanaloy at Jagannath Hall. DU Fine Arts Faculty will stage drawing competition from 10am to 12 noon on the faculty premises.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry, Information Ministry, National Library, Department of Films and Publications and Directorate of Mass Communication will screen documentary and stage weeklong exhibition on Bangabandhu and Liberation War at district and upazila levels.
Bangladeshi missions in different countries will also celebrate the day with due respect.
The government will arrange showing of a three dimensional video of historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu titled “Pita” at Star Cineplex of Bashundhara City in Panthopath in the capital city from 10am to 1pm tomorrow. Around 1.5 thousand children and juvenile can enjoy the show.