Nation celebrating 50th Victory Day

প্রকাশ: 16 December, 2020 1:43 : PM

The nation is celebrating the 50th Victory Day of Bangladesh on Wednesday (December 16) with due solemnity and rich tributes paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971.

After a nine-month-long war against Pakistan Army, the valiant sons of the soil liberated the country on this day.

The day is a public holiday.

On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.

Though the pandemic COVID-19 has almost paralyzed the whole world barring the mankind from attending any public gathering in person, the celebration of the Victory Day this year has a different dimension as the day is being celebrated in the ‘Mujib Barsho’ on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from March 2020-March 2021, just ahead of the country’s golden jubilee of independence to be celebrated in 2021.

The programmes of the day have been curtailed as there has been a bar to mass gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. The day’s celebration begins with a 31-gunshot salute at dawn.

On behalf of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, wreaths will be placed at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning.

The countrymen will pay rich tribute to Bangabandhu who led from the front to liberate the country from the clutches of West Pakistan.

The celebration has reached new heights following the UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage. On October 30, 2017, the UN body made the announcement.

The glorious 7th March speech at a mammoth public rally at Ramna Racecourse ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka encouraged the entire nation in the liberation struggle.

The speech gave inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and boosted freedom fighters for freeing the country through a war.

Political leaders, different socio-cultural organisations and general public will also place wreaths at the mausoleum.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion, urging the people to work for consolidating sovereignty and independence of the countr

On behalf of President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, rich tributes were paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar with the rise of the sun.

Marking the day, a virtual discussion titled ‘Attaining the national prosperity through upholding the spirit of the Liberation War and ensuring the best use of digital technologies to build the ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ will be held today.

Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have also chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.

Marking the Day, ruling Awami League (AL) has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the country’s 50th Victory Day.

As a part of its programme, the national flag and the party flag will be hoisted atop the AL central office, Bangabandhu Bhaban and offices of all organizational units of the party across the country at dawn.

National dailies and online portals are bringing out special supplements on the occasion while Bangladesh Postal Department will release memorial postal stump to mark the day.