The 97th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed across the country on Friday. On this day in 1920, he was born at Tungipara of Gopalganj.
Bangabandhu galvanised Bangalis into fighting against the exploitation and repression of the Pakistani rulers. The movement culminated in an independent Bangladesh following the 1971 Liberation War.
On August 15, 1975, he and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of army men.
Awami League, its associate bodies, and several sociopolitical organisations held various events on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing wreaths at his portrait in Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at his Dhanmondi residence in Dhaka at 7am.
They then stood in silence for some time as a mark of respect for his memory, and were joined by cabinet members, parliament members, and political leaders.
After their departure, leaders of various political, social, cultural and professional organisations gathered there to pay their respect.
Later that morning, President Hamid followed by Sheikh Hasina also placed wreaths at Bangabandhu’s tomb at Tungipara.
Another moment of silence was held for him, followed by a contingent of Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force officers carrying out an honour guard.
President Hamid and Sheikh Hasina offered prayers for Bangabandhu’s departed soul as well as for the other August 15 carnage victims.
Later, the ruling party held a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital at 3pm, where the PM presided over the programme.
Besides, a 3D video on Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech, “Pita,” was shown at Star Cineplex of Bashundhara City, also in Dhaka.
A Qurankhani and milad mahfil were held at over 60,000 academic institutions, madrasas, and mosques, including Baitul Mukarram, at 10am on Friday.
At the same time, a discussion was also held at Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University.
Meanwhile, President Hamid and Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
Our correspondent in Tripura reported the Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Tripura also celebrated Bangabandhu’s birthday.
Assistant High Commissioner Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain hoisted the Bangladesh national flag and placed a wreath on Bangabandhu’s portrait.
Afterwards, speakers discussed Bangabandhu’s legacy at a session.
In recognition of National Children’s Day of Bangladesh, which falls on the same day, the programme included a drawing competition, in which a large number of children participated and prizes were awarded to the winners.