Sheikh Hasina led the historic mass movement in 1990 that toppled the regime of Hussain Muhammad Ershad
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 73rd birthday has been celebrated in a festive mood across Bangladesh on Saturday.
Awami League (AL) L and its associate bodies and other organizations observed the day with various programs, including round table discussions, colorful rallies, processions, and photo exhibitions in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
To mark the day, different thoroughfares and intersections of Dhaka were adorned with colorful placards, festoon and banners depicting the works and successes of Sheikh Hasina.
Like the previous years, the birthday was celebrated in the absence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she is staying in the United States to join the United Nations General Assembly.
As a part of the AL central programs, a discussion was held at Dhaka's Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium with AL Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader also spoke at the event.
Also, milad and doa mahfils were held, and special prayers were offered at mosques, churches and temples across the country.
A milad and doa mahfil was held at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Saifuzzaman Shikhor, MP, and AL leaders were present.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy jointly organized a month-long exhibition marking the Prime Minister’s birthday.
The exhibition titled, "Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh-er Shopnosharathi" is being held Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Art Gallery.
The exhibition, featuring photographs, paintings and installations over her life and works, portray the journey, struggles and political career of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A total of 231 photographs and 133 paintings are being displayed at galleries 1, 2 and 6, which is set to continue until October 26.
Artists, including Abdul Rab Khan, Titas Chakma, Jayant Sarkar Jan, Syeda Tamanna Afroz, Shivali Howlader, Shrikant Roy Subir, Surbhi Akhter and Shuvra Talukder, among others, participated in the camp.
A poetry festival titled "Poet Festival of Peace and Harmony" was also held at Begum Sufia Kamal Hall of Bangladesh National Museum.
The chief coordinator of the national implementation committee for the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spoke on the occasion as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling AL, also brought out a colorful rally from Dhaka University's Modhur Canteen and paraded through the university campus.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of five children of Bangabandhu, was born on September 28, 1947 in Tungipara of Gopalganj.
She graduated from Dhaka University in 1973.
She has a checkered political career. She was elected vice-president of the Students Union of the Government Intermediate Girl's College when she contested as a candidate from Students League.
Later, the premier served as secretary and then as president of college unit of Students League. She was also a member of Students League in Dhaka University and became the secretary of Ruqayyah Hall unit. Sheikh Hasina actively participated in all mass movements as a student.
The Father of the Nation, along with members of his family, was brutally assassinated on the fateful night of August 15, 1975. Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were the only survivors as they were in West Germany during the assassination.
Sheikh Hasina was unanimously elected president of Bangladesh Awami League in 1981 while she was in forced exile. She returned home on May 17, 1981 ending her six-year banishment.
The premier played a crucial role in establishing democracy in Bangladesh when she won three constituencies in the 1986 parliamentary election and was elected the opposition leader.
She led the historic mass movement in 1990 that toppled the regime of Hussain Muhammad Ershad.
She became prime minister for the first time on June 23, 1996 when the AL acquired majority in the general election held on June 12, 1996.
Sheikh Hasina assumed the office as the Prime Minister on Jan 7, 2019 for the fourth time after the Awami League-led grand alliance won the 11th Parliamentary election.