Bangladesh observes Language Day- Amar Ekushey

Bangladesh is observing the historic Language Day named ‘Amar Ekushey’, paying tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives during the language movement in 1952 demanding Bangla as the official language for the then East Pakistan. Scores of students were killed on this day in 1952 when Pakistani forces fired upon them during the protest leading to widespread civil unrest. Wreaths were placed at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka immediately after midnight on Monday on behalf of President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Amar Ekushey song ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February’ played in the background.

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami paid homage at the Shaheed Minar immediately past midnight in memory of the activists and martyrs who fought for the right to preserve the unique and inclusive Bangla language and culture. A large number of eminent public figures, ministers and people from all walks of life started paying tribute at the national Shaheed Minar in Dhaka from midnight on Monday.

 Chief of three services, members of diplomatic corps, freedom fighters and civil and military officials paid tribute to the martyrs on this occasion. Hundreds of people including students from schools and colleges, youth and the elderly, children, men and women individually and representing various organizations paid their respects to the language martyrs throughout the day across the country.

Different social and cultural organisations, TV channels and media outlets have organised special programmes on this occasion.  National flag is flying at half mast at all government and autonomous organisations. Strict security measures have been taken on this occasion by the police and security agencies. Considering the Covid 19 situation only 5 people from each organisation are being allowed to lay wreaths at the Shaheed Minar. The day is also observed as International Mother Language Day.

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