‘Shaheed Dibas’ and ‘International Mother Language Day’ 2014

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed the ‘Shaheed Dibas’ and ‘International Mother Language Day’ on 21st February, 2014 with due solemnity and pageantry. The Mission organized a day-long programme to commemorate the day which began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning. This was followed by laying of wreaths by the Ambassador and officers and members of the staff at a replica of the Shaheed Minar in the Chancery compound. A second wreath was laid by representatives of Biman Bangladesh Airlines stationed in Kathmandu. One minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect for the language-martyrs. Messages of the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Shaheed Day and International Language Day were read out and the morning’s programme was concluded by a ‘Doa Mahfil’ with prayers for the eternal peace of the souls of martyrs of the language movement in 1952 and the War of Liberation in 1971. The morning’s programme was attended by Ambassador, officers and staffs of the Mission, representative of the SAARC secretariat, Bangladesh Biman officials and the expatriate Bangladesh community living in Kathmandu.

 

In the evening, the Mission organized a Cultural Programme which was attended by the Ambassadors and other diplomats in Kathmadnu, high Nepalese dignitaries, members of the civil society, representatives of the Nepalese print and electronic media, officials of the Mission and SAARC secretariat, expatriate Bangladeshis. The programme began with the recitation of verses from four Holy books. The Officer-in-charge, UNESCO, who attended the programme as chief-guest, made a short statement highlighting the significance of the day and outlining UNESCO’s plans for commemorating the day. The Nepal Bhasa Parishad, a cultural group which promotes the local Newari language, participated in the cultural programme by reciting Newari poetry, singing Newari songs (including a Newari translation of a Nazrul geeti). A Nepalese artist also sang a Nepali song followed by recitation of Bangla poetry. The highlight of the evening’s cultural programme was a performance by three artists, namely, Ms. Sharmin Sathi Islam Mr. Bizon Chandra Mistry and Mr. Ibne Khaldun Razon from Bangladesh who rendered several Bangla patriotic songs which was greatly appreciated by the audience. The programme was concluded by a short concluding speech on 21st February by H.E. the Ambassador.