For the first time in Bangladesh, World Handwriting Day was celebrated on Saturday.
The Handwriting Association of Bangladesh organised a rally in front of the National Press Club to mark the occasion.
The day has been celebrated in different countries on 23 January every year since 1977.
This year's slogan of the day was "Handwriting Day's Commitment - Let the Writing Be Beautiful and Clear."
Convener of the association Khorshed Alam Bhuiyan, former deputy controller of examinations, Dhaka University, said, "Handwriting is an important creative art, which is appreciated by all, and is a sign of a beautiful personality."
"Moreover, it is easier to get higher marks in examinations if the student's handwriting is beautiful. The importance of beautiful handwriting is also immense in professional life," he added.
He further said the practice of this art is almost extinct in this technology-dependent society.
Government patronage is needed to sustain this art, he continued.
"That is why it is necessary to include beautiful handwriting in the syllabus and appoint handwriting teachers in educational institutions," he said.
Calligrapher Anisur Rahman Naim, Dilip Adhikari, Ziaur Rahman, AM Mizanur Rahman, Saidur Rahman, Dipankar Bairagi, and Mazharul Anwar were present on the occasion.