Dhaka – People across Bangladesh will simultaneously chorus the national anthem in the morning on Monday as the South Asian country set to celebrate its 48th day of independence from Pakistan.
Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman announced the country’s liberation early hours of March 26, 1971 immediately before he was arrested by the Pakistani military in Dhaka. Bangladeshi people waged the war in the name of Bangabandhu and came out victorious on December 16 after a nine-month armed struggle.
The national anthem, Amar Soanr Bangla, Ami tomay bhalobashi…’ will be sung in correct form from 8.00 am across the country, according to a government decision. Bangladesh missions abroad will also join the programme. The song was written by Rabindranath Tagore.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at the main programme at ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’ to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium, said an official release.
It said the cabinet division has requested all to join the programme from their respective places of stay.
Earlier, under the initiative of the Prime Minister’s Office and supervision of Cabinet Division, competitions of singing national anthem in chorus at every educational institution across the country were held between January 20 and March 15.
Around 6300,000 students of primary, secondary and higher secondary and madrasah levels took part in the competitions. The national competition was held on March 15.
Hasina will hand the prizes among the winning teams at ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’ at Bangabandhu National Stadium Monday.
Preparations have been taken to celebrate the day refreshing the resolution to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation and turn Bangladesh into a prosperous country.
Amid festivity, glowing tributes will be paid to the martyrs and veterans of the War of Liberation on the Independence and National Day.
The National Memorial at Savar will be the main venue of the celebration of the day where President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.
Families of Bir Shreshthas, war wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, social, cultural and professional bodies and people from all walks of life will also lay wreaths at the national memorial in the morning.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag will fly atop all government and private buildings while all streets and important city intersections will be tastefully decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons. Important buildings and establishments as well as city streets and islands have already been illuminated with colourful lights.