50th Victory Day of Bangladesh Wednesday December 16th 2020.
Several programs organized by govt across the country, but no parade this year
The nation is set to celebrate the 50th Victory Day, the most precious day of Bangladeshis, as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 49 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Victory Day of Bangladesh History
On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the 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.
Victory Day of Bangladesh 2020 is different Due to Covid-19.
Though the pandemic Covid-19 has almost paralyzed the whole world barring the people from attending any public gathering in person, the celebration of the Victory Day this year 2020 has a different dimension.
Mujib Borsho and 50th Victory Day of Bangladesh
The day is set to be celebrated in the Mujib Borsho, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu from March 2020-March 2021, just ahead of the country’s golden jubilee of independence to be celebrated in 2021.
Message from the Government for Victory Day of Bangladesh 2020
Honorable President M Abdul Hamid and Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day, paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War in 1971. Honorable Prime Ministar Sheikh Hasina also Attended a Video Conference for Speech of the Victory day of Bangladesh to All Peoples of Bangladesh.
The government has organized elaborate programs to celebrate the day at the national level, maintaining the health guidelines in face of the global pandemic Covid-19.
The programs include a 31-gun salute, placing of wreaths at the monuments to pay homage to martyrs, hoisting of the national flags atop all government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country, decorating city streets with miniature national flags and colourful festoons, and illumination of important buildings and establishments, roads and street islands at night.
On behalf of President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, rich tributes will be paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar with the rise of the sun.
This will be followed by the freedom fighters and their family members while Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque will lead them.
Later, foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social organizations and people from all walks of life will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War.
Discussion to be held for Victory Day of Bangladesh 2020
Marking the day, a virtual discussion titled “Attaining 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 on Wednesday.
Posters based on the history of the Liberation War will be exhibited at Swadhinotastambha and the underground museum at the Suhrawardy Udyan here on the day. A limited number of visitors will be allowed to visit the exhibitions, maintaining the health guidelines.
Besides, essay competitions based on the Liberation War will be held using digital platforms, while painting competitions for the children and virtual functions will be held at educational institutions across the country.
Special prayers will be offered at mosques and other places of worship, seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of the Liberation War and good health for the injured freedom fighters as well as peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diets will be served to inmates of jails, hospitals, orphanages, and vagrant homes across the country.
Programs at home, abroad marking the day
Similar programs will be organized at upazila and district levels as well as at Bangladesh missions abroad to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations have also chalked out a series of programs to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.
The day is a public holiday.
National dailies will bring out special supplements on the occasion while Bangladesh Postal Department will release a memorial postal stamp to mark the day.
Historic March 7th Speech
The victory day celebration reached a new height following UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7th Speech as a part of the world’s documentary heritage in 2017.
On October 30 in 2017, the UNESCO announced the prestigious acknowledgement of 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 inspired the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and energized freedom loving people for freeing the country through War of Liberation.
Courtesy: The Information was Collected from Internet and . Reference: Dhaka Tribune