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In pictures: Bangladesh celebrating 49th Victory Day

  • Published at 10:31 am December 16th, 2019

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion

Bangladeshis at home and abroad are celebrating Bangladesh’s 49th Victory Day paying deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War.

Bangladesh won the war for independence on this day in 1971 when the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month bloody war in which three million people sacrificed their lives and hundreds of thousands of women were dishonoured.

Along with the government, socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations have chalked out programs to celebrate the day, reports UNB.

The day’s programs began with 31-gun salute.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum in Savar with the rise of the sun.

They were followed by freedom fighters and their family members, foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social organizations and people from all walks of life.

The national flag was hoisted atop government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices across the country.

The day is a public holiday. National dailies will bring out special supplements on the occasion.

State-owned and private television channels and radios are broadcasting month-long special programs highlighting the significance of the Liberation War.

As part of the day’s programs, a colourful parade is scheduled to be held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. President Abdul Hamid will take salute and inspect the parade as the chief guest while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also be present.

Special prayers will be offered at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worships seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country.

The president will accord a reception to freedom fighters at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.

Bangladesh missions abroad will organize discussions, cultural functions and receptions.

Receptions will be accorded to freedom fighters and family members of martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.