Dhaka – People from almost all walks of life paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 98th birthday amid fanfare and merriment.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday placed floral wreaths at the grave of the slain leader in Tungipara, the ancestral home of the Father of the Nation.
After laying the wreaths, both the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu.
Cabinet members, parliament members, political leaders and cultural activists were present.
Hasina, the chief of ruling Awami League party, also placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in Dhanmondi where central leaders of the party were present.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in in Tungipara village of Gopalganj.
Like previous years, the day is also being observed as the National Children’s Day as Bangabandhu liked to spend time with children on his birthday.
The day is a public holiday.
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.
On March 18, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) highlighting the life and contribution of the independence leader. Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will chair it.