The country is celebrating the 102nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2022 today (Thursday) in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.
He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents – Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.
The day is a public holiday. The theme of this year’s Children’s Day is “Commitment of Bangabandhu’s Birthday: Equal Rights for all Children”.
The nation is celebrating the day through extensive programmes with fanfare and gaiety.
Bangladesh missions abroad have also chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.
In observance of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages.
The government has extended Mujib Barsho, which began from the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, till March 31 this year.
Marking the anniversary, National Implementation Committee for Birth Centenary Celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has taken a special programme titled "Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi".
The programme includes paying tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 12.30pm. A discussion and cultural function will be arranged at 2.30pm.
Bangladesh Awami League and different social and cultural organizations have also drawn elaborate programmes marking the birth anniversary.
National and party flags are being hoisted atop of all AL offices across the country including its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 at 7.00am.
Later, AL paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait at 7.30am.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join a programme titled "Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi" at Tungipara at 2.30pm.
Another discussion will be held at Tungipara on March 18 under the arrangement of AL. AL central leaders will join it.
A delegation of the party's central working committee will pay homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj and join a doa mahfil there at 10.30am.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees.