Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day was observed on Wednesday amidst a renewed pledge to establish Bangla in all spheres of national life and promote multilingual culture across the world.
Hundreds of thousands of barefoot people, wearing black badges, visited the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka since early hours of the day paying glowing tributes to the language martyrs.
This day in 1952, Barkat, Salam, Rafiq, Shafiur, Jabbar died for their demand to establish Bangla as a state language of the erstwhile Pakistan.
In recognition of the Language Movement in Bangladesh, UNESCO has declared February 21st International Mother Language Day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity in the UN member-states. The declaration was made on November 17, 1999.
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed led the nation in commemorating the martyrdom of the 1952 Language Movement heroes.
Other officials, politicians and foreign diplomats visited the Shaheed Minar and placed floral wreaths.
It was a public holiday. The “Ekushey” programs included hoisting national and black flags, seminar, cultural programs and decoration of important roads and road islands with Bangla letter-inscribed festoons in the capital city.
Zahurul Alam has the details.