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Dhaka Tribune

Landmark victory sparks never-ending celebrations

Update : 10 Mar 2015, 06:50 PM

Even 40 hours after the historic World Cup victory against England to qualify for the knockouts, the cricket lovers in Bangladesh are celebrating.

The morning yesterday called for celebrations on another count: it was the first proper working day in many weeks because the BNP had relaxed its hartal for 12 hours because of the Tiger triumph.

In the morning, school students began their day by chanting “Bangladesh Bangladesh” atop their voices along with drum beats, wishing the Tigers all the best for the upcoming matches.

After school hours, students of the Viqarunnissa Noon School in Dhaka danced and rallied within their premises, celebrating one of the most famous victories in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

Elsewhere, thousands gathered centring the TSC roundabout on the Dhaka University campus as has happened every time there has been something to celebrate, especially from the sports world.

To add more colour to the festive atmosphere, people brought out several vibrant victory marches that travelled through the streets on the DU campus.

Earlier in the day, students from the different dormitories of the DU started gathering at TSC by bringing in their own processions. They beat the drums loud and danced and rejoiced on the streets.

But there is no reason to think that the celebrations were exclusive to the youth; in fact, people from all ages joined the festivities yesterday, rejoicing in what could be a table-turner for Bangladesh cricket.

Rokon, who sells Bangladesh’s flags on the streets of Dhaka, had two reasons to be really happy on the day. Firstly because his sale had gone up manifold because virtually everyone needs a flag in their hands, otherwise their celebrations could not be complete. Needless to say, the second reason is the great victory.

“The celebration has been going on for hours here at the TSC. This victory has united the country and brought happiness for all,” said Rokon.

Throughout the day yesterday, there were tireless waving of flags, singing of the national anthem and victory marches attended by people in colourful attires all across the city. Some people got their bodies and cheeks painted in yellow to look like Bengal Tigers.

Apart from those who joined the central victory march ushered in by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the capital, people celebrated the victory all over the country.

The glorious days of 1971 seemed to have made a rare comeback yesterday, with people greeting each other with “Joy Bangla.”

Yesterday afternoon, a mother along with her two kids could be seen roaming around the Hatirjheel project on a rickshaw, holding and waving a flag.

Wishing not to be named for obvious reaons, the mother, who is a university teacher, told this correspondent: “This is great! It gives us great relief. We can finally cheer our hearts out. We have been suffocating in an air made thick and gloomy by months of political violence.”

“Cricket is our hope,” she said.    

This correspondent caught up with a group of young men and women taking selfies at the Dhanmondi lake area. They were all wearing replicas of the Bangladesh cricket team’s world cup jersey and had national flags wrapped around their head like bandannas.

Nowsin Naj, a student of a private university in the city, said: “I have no words to express my happiness.  It is the greatest victory of our lives.”

“Now our dream has changed. Now we want us to go as far as we can.”

Our Rajshahi correspondent reports that there were equally colourful and lively festivities on the the Rajshahi University campus as well. Not just the students but a big section of the teachers also joined a victory march brought out on the campus.

In Dhaka Awami League brought out a victory march near its party office in the Bangabandhu Avenue area. The BNP, who has been enforcing a nationwide transport blockade for more than two months, also brought out a brief victory march in front of the National Press Club in the city.

In Sunamganj district town, local freedom fighters celebrated the victory by holding a victory procession that marched through different roads in the town. 

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