Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina will celebrate her 71st birthday on Thursday.
The eldest among the five children of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, Hasina was born on September 28, 1947, in Gopalganj’s Tungipara.
Awami League and its affiliate organisations have chalked out several programmes across Bangladesh to mark the day in absence of Hasina, who is now in the US where she attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
She is currently staying in Washington after undergoing a successful gallbladder surgery at a hospital there on Monday, according to the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. She was released the next day.
Hasina is likely to celebrate her birthday on Thursday with her younger sister Sheikh Rehana and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, who were beside her during the surgery, and Joy’s family.
The prime minister is scheduled to return home on October 5.
In Dhaka, the ruling party will organise a milad mahfil and special prayers at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the Zuhr prayers.
Special prayers for her will also be offered at the International Buddhist Monastery at Merul Badda, the YMCA Chapel in Mirpur and at Dhakeshwari Temple.
Awami League’s Dhaka city unit also will organise a milad mahfil at the party's central office at Bangabandhu Avenue and distribute food among the destitute there.
However, Hasina, currently serving as the prime minister for a second consecutive term, has ordered party leaders, activists and supporters not to cut cake on the occasion.
The ruling party will distribute food among the poor at Dhanmondi 32, where Bangabandhu Memorial Museum is situated, and among underprivileged children at Suhrawardy Udyan, students of different schools, and orphanages at various areas in the capital.