Bangabandhu’s 100th birthday today
Published : Sunday, 17 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1410
The nation is set to celebrate the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2019 today (Sunday) commemorating the role of the Liberation War maestro.
On this day in 1920, the greatest Bangalee of all times was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district. He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents - Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.
The theme of this year's birth anniversary of Bangabandhu and National Children's Day is "Bangabandhu's birthday, rinse life of the children with colour." The day is a public holiday.
In observance of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted all the children of the country and other parts of the world.
They also issued separate messages paying profound respects to the memory of Bangabandhu.
The government has taken the decision to observe the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
as Mujib Year from March 17 of 2020 to March 17 of 2021.
Like previous years, elaborate programmes have also been chalked out to celebrate the day at Tungipara.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at the Mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara at 10:00am and offer fateha and munajat today.
The Prime Minister will also place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka.
As per the schedule, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive a replica of the logo of Branding of Gopalganj District at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj from 10:00am to 12:10pm.
Besides, she will join a book unveiling ceremony, sewing machine distribution ceremony, video screening of 'Amar Kotha Shono,' discussion meeting on National Children's Day and deliver speech as the chief guest.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate a book fair, join a photo session with children and also visit painting exhibition on 'Bangabandhu and Bangladesh.'
Apart from this, public hospitals, clinics and healthcare services organizations would provide free of cost treatment at outdoor from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on the day. Improved diet will be served in all hospitals and the hospital's children wards will be illuminated.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of Bangabandhu, the Pro-Liberation Journalists Forum placed wreaths at Bangabandhu's portrait at the Press Club and cut a cake at 12:01am on Sunday.
Marking the day, Bangladesh Awami League will hold a discussion meeting at 3:00pm on March 18 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the discussion.
The Information Ministry will publish special supplements in newspapers.
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 birthdays.
The ruling Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies have chalked out different programmes in observance of the day.
The programmes include hoisting of national and party flags atop all party offices and placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road-32 in the capital.
Milad and doa mahfils will be organised at mosques while prayer sessions will also be arranged at other places of worship across the country seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Awami League's associate and like-minded bodies and other socio-cultural-professional organisations including Awami Juba League, Awami Swechchasebak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Mahila Awami League, Juba Mahila League, Krishak League and Chhatra League have also drawn up extensive programmes to mark the day.
Apart from the national programmes, children's gatherings, public rallies, discussions and cultural functions will be organised at district and upazila levels.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has chalked out elaborate programmes including free of cost treatment, floral wreaths on Bangabandhu's portrait, blood donation and doa mahfil on the occasion of Bangabandhu's birthday. Specialist physicians of the BSMMU would also provide free of cost treatment at outdoor from 9:00am to 2:00pm on the day.
Islamic Foundation (IF) will observe the day in the capital and across the country amid holding different programmes in a befitting manner. The anniversary programmes include doa mahfil and recitation from the Holy Quran and discussion meeting.
Milad, doa and munajat would be held in all mosques across the country seeking eternal peace of Bangabandhu and his family members, while prayers will be offered at other places of worships.