Nation to observe Freedom Fighters’ Day Tuesday
Tuesday, December 1, is the first day of “Bijoyer Maash” (Month of Victory). This year the month coincides with the year when the nation is celebrating Bangabandhu's birth centenary, albeit not with much gaiety due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Forty nine years ago on December 16, Bangladesh was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces – after a nine-month-long Liberation War – and the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of people, and the honour of nearly half a million women.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations have chalked out numerous virtual programs to mark the nation’s victory that was achieved under the leadership of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The programs will include placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, processions, discussions, photo exhibitions and cultural events.
Different organizations will observe the first day of December as Freedom Fighters Day.
On December 14, the nation will observe Martyred Intellectuals’ Day to commemorate the intellectuals who were killed by the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators during the 1971 Liberation War, particularly on March 25, and December 14, 1971.
Victory Day will be celebrated on December 16 through paying homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifices in freeing the country from the misrule and occupation of Pakistan’s colonial rulers.
No public gatherings
This year the month of victory will be broadly celebrated via virtual programs as the second wave of Covid-19 is knocking at the door.
“This year programs of the month of victory will be very short and online-based. We are discouraging programs which involve huge crowds due to Covid-19. Only some programs will be observed on December 14 and 16,” Tapan Kanti Ghosh, secretary in the Liberation War Affairs Ministry, told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.
No Victory Day parade
There will be no joint military parade of the Armed Forces at the National Parade Square on Victory Day, December 16, this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Considering the coronavirus situation, the prime minister has instructed us not to hold a Victory Day parade this year,” Tapan said.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, said Tapan Kanti Ghosh.
“However, the president and the prime minister will still be paying tributes at the National Memorial in Savar, there will be a 31-cannon salute at dawn, distribution of food to the needy, and some other programs will be organized as in previous years,” he said.
Some regular programs will be organized at the district and upazila levels while avoiding public gatherings, the Liberation War Affairs secretary said. “But there will be no parades at the district level either.”
According to ministry sources, exhibitions will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on the occasion, and virtual discussions will also be organized marking the day.
Homage to Freedom Fighters
Apart from these programs, various organizations of freedom fighters and various political and social organizations will celebrate Freedom Fighters' Day on Tuesday.
The joint Muktijoddha Sangsad, Sector Commanders Forum, Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, Muktijoddha Oikya Jote, Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, Muktijoddha Sanghati Parishad, Muktijoddha Sangram Parishad, and various freedom fighters' organizations headed by the Standing Committee on Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, will pay homage and take oaths at the capital’s Suhrawardy at 9:30am on Tuesday.