The nation has celebrated the 48th Independence and National Day with a fresh vow to take Bangladesh towards prosperity with the spirit of Liberation War.
After the nine-month War of Liberation with the supreme sacrifices of three million martyrs and the honor of two lakh women, Bangladesh achieved its cherished independence on December 16, 1971. The day is a public holiday.
Different socio-cultural and political organizations have chalked out elaborate programs on the occasion.
The President and the Prime Minister placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning.The national flag was hoisted atop government and private buildings while the government and semi-government buildings and other public places will be illuminated.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in singing the national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ at the main program of ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’ at Bangabandhu National Stadium on the day. National anthem was also sung simultaneously across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad..
National dailies brought out special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private radio stations and television channels will air special programs highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers were offered at all mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship across the country seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation, four national leaders, martyrs of Liberation War and all other patriotic sons of the soil.
Different political parties also organized elaborate programs to observe the day in a befitting manner.