Nation celebrating the 49th Victory Day
The nation is celebrating today the 49th Victory Day, the most precious day of the Bangalee people, as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 48 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
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 the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
This year, the Victory Day is being celebrated ahead of the two greatest historic episodes of Bengali nation — one is the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in March 2020-2021 while the other is the golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh to be celebrated in 2021.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
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.
The programmes 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.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the sun.