Bangladesh is preparing to observe Language Martyrs Day.
Thousands of people will go to the Shaheed Minars across the country to pay respect to the Language Movement martyrs.
On 21st February in 1952, students and people from all strata of society took to the streets in Dhaka to protest the then Pakistan government's refusal to recognize Bangla as one of the state languages and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.
Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Shafiur, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil sacrificed their lives on this day to establish Bangla as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan.
The day has since been observed as the Language Martyrs Day, which the UN later declared as the International Mother Language Day.