Bangladesh High Commission to India today celebrated the 101st birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2021 in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the Bengali nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub division, now a district.
The theme of this year's birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children's Day is "Bangabandhur Janmadin, Shishur Ridoy Hok Rangin".
The day's programme began with hoisting of National flag at the chancery premises in the morning.
Later, the High Commissioner flanked by senior officers of the mission paid tribute to Bangabandhu by placing floral wreaths at the portrait of the great leader.
A discussion was also held at the chancery premises on the life and struggle of Bangabandhu, who struggled throughout his life for establishing the rights of Bengali people and for the betterment of their livelihood.
High Commissioner Muhammad Imran and Defense Advisor to the mission Md Abul Kalam Azad took part in the discussion moderated by Minister (Political) Nural Islam.
Taking part in the discussion, Imran called upon the new generation to learn from the life of Bangabandhu to be a worthy citizen so that they can contribute towards building a "Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal) as dreamt by the father of the nation.
Earlier, messages from President M. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were read out.
A special "Munajat" (prayers) was offered seeking divine blessings for Bangabandhu and those who were brutally killed on the fateful night on August 15, 1975.
Later, in the afternoon, the mission organised arts-essay and public speech competitions for the children of the mission officials and employees highlighting the significance of the day.
The programmes were followed by a cultural evening joined by the family members of the mission's officers and employees.
Besides, similar programmes were also organised at the Bangladesh deputy missions in Kolkata and Mumbai.