Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 98th birthday today. The country is set to celebrate the 98th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today, Sunday in a befitting manner.
This national holiday in Bangladesh is observed on 17 March each year.
This holiday may also be known as ‘Father of the Nation’s birth anniversary’ and it commemorates. The birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is regarded as the father of the nation of Bangladesh.
Since the re-assumption of state power in 1996, Awami League has been observing the day as the National Children’s Day. As Bangabandhu liked to spend time with children on his birthday.
The nation will celebrate the day through extensive programmes with fanfare and gaiety. The day is a public holiday.
The president and the prime minister will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj Sunday morning and join a milad and doa mahfil.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force will give a guard of honour on the occasion.
Later, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a children’s rally, book fair and cultural event to be organised on the premises of Bangabandhu Mausoleum.
The premier will release memorial postal stamp in memory of Sheikh Russel, unveil the book of ‘Amader Chhoto Russel Shona’, distribute sewing machines and enjoy the video exhibition titled ‘Uthbo Jege, Chutbo Bege’.
The ruling Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies have chalked out a different programmes in observance of the day.
History of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in Tungipara on March 17, 1920.
From his days as a student, Rahman developed an interest in politics becoming an influential figure in the Muslim league, which advocated the creation of a separate Islamic state from India.
In the 1970 general elections in Pakistan, the Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an overall majority, but the West Pakistani regime was reluctant to hand over power. The resulting power struggle led to Rahman declaring Bangladesh’s independence on 26 March 1971, and marked the start of the war of Independence. In November 1970, India entered the war, supporting East Pakistan. This led to victory for East Pakistan on 16 December 1970.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the became the first President of Bangladesh on 11 April 1971. He took the role of Prime Minister in January 1972. In January 1975, he initiated one party socialist rule, becoming Bangladesh’s fourth President.
Rahman and his family were assassinated on 15 August 1975 during a coup by renegade army officers.
The date of his death is a public holiday in Bangladesh, National Mourning Day.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a preeminent Bengali nationalist leader of Bangladesh born on 17 March 1920