The nation is set to celebrate on Saturday the 48th Victory Day, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Forty-seven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
Last year the celebration has reached a new height following the UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March Speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
The UNESCO on October 30 announced the prestigious acknowledgement to one of the world’s most glorious speeches, through which Bangabandhu effectively
decelerated the country’s independence in a mammoth public rally at Ramna Racecourse ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka on March 7, 1971.
The speech provided inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and energised freedom fighters for freeing the country through the nine-month War of Liberation.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.
The government has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the Day at the
national level on December 16.
The day will start with 31 gun salutes. President Abdul Hamid and Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War
by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the
They will be followed by the freedom fighters and their family members,
foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social
organisations and people from all walks of life.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tribute to Father of the Nation by
placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban
at the historic Dhanmondi 32 in the city.
Awami League and its associate bodies, different educational institutes and
socio-cultural and professional organisations will also pay homage to the
supreme leader of the War of Liberation by placing garlands at his portrait.
The day is a public holiday. The national flag will be hoisted atop
government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of
autonomous bodies across the country.
Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night.
Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national
flags and colourful festoons.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate
messages on the occasion. National dailies will bring out special
The state-owned and private televisions and radios will broadcast month-
long special programmes highlighting the Liberation War. Different
organisations will organise discussion and display Liberation War related
Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of martyrs
at city, district and upazila levels.
Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship,
seeking eternal peace of the souls of the martyrs of Liberation War and
peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant
homes across the country.
Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other
recreational centres across the country free-of-cost. Marking the Day, Awami
League (AL) will organize two-day long programme. National flag would be
hoisted at AL central office, Bangabandhu Bhaban and all AL offices across
the country with the rise of the sun.
Wreaths would be placed at National Mausoleum at Savar at 6.34am and at the
portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in the
AL leaders would offer fateha at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara at
10 am. Special doa and milad mahfil would also be organised.
A discussion would be organised at 3 pm on December 17 at Bangabandhu
International Conference Center (BICC). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will
preside over the discussion.
Besides, ‘Bijoy-Mancha’ (stage of victory) will be built at upazila and
district levels across the country from December 16, where discussion on
history of the Liberation War, photo and film exhibition, documentary, songs
on liberation war and cultural programmes would be held.
Bangladesh missions abroad will observe the day through various programmes.
The Bangladesh High Commission in London, United Kingdom, has taken
elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
“National flag will be hoisted in the morning, while discussion, cultural
programme, photo exhibition on the life of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and War of Liberation will be held in the afternoon.
Noted personalities and local Bangladeshis will attend the programme, among
others,” Md Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury, press minister at the Bangladesh High
Commission in London told the news agency.- BSS