‘Shaheed Dibas’ and ‘International Mother Language Day’ 2015

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed the ‘Shaheed Dibas’ and ‘International Mother Language Day’ on 21st February, 2015 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 H.E. the Ambassador in the morning. This was followed by “prabhat pheri” and laying of wreath by the Ambassador and officers and members of the staff at a replica of the Shaheed Minar in the Chancery premises. Wreaths were also laid by representatives of SAARC secretariat and 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, Hon’ble Foreign Minister and Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day were read out. This was followed by a ‘Doa Mahfil’ with prayers offered 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 concluded with the screening of a documentary on Amar Ekushey produced by the External Publicity Wing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka. The morning’s programme was attended by H.E. the Ambassador, officers and members of the staff of the Mission, representatives 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 showcased a performance by two artists, namely, Ms. Priyanka Gope and Mr. Suman Majumder from Bangladesh who rendered Bangla patriotic songs which was widely appreciated by the audience. The Nepal Bhasa Parishad, a cultural group which promotes the local Newari language, also participated in the cultural programme by reciting Newari poetry. The Head of the Office of UNESCO in Kathmandu 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 programme concluded by a short remarks on 21st February by H.E. the Ambassador. The evening’s cultural programme was attended by Ambassadors and other diplomats in Kathmandu, high Nepalese dignitaries, members of the civil society, representatives of the Nepalese print and electronic media, officials of the Mission and SAARC secretariat and members of the expatriate Bangladesh community.

 

Earlier, on 20 February 2015, H.E. the Ambassador attended a seminar organized on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day 2015 by the Nepal Academy as Guest of Honour. The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal H.E. Mr. Deepak Chandra Amatya attended the programme as Chief Guest which was participated by noted linguists, academicians, educationists and members of the civil society of Nepal. The Nepal Academy is the apex institution of the government of Nepal for the promotion of Language, Literature, Arts, Culture, and Social Sciences of Nepal. The seminar highlighted the role of Bangladesh in promoting the mother language and recalled the historical context with the sacrifice of the heroic martyrs on 21st February 1952 to establish the right of Bangla to be a state language of Pakistan and which culminated in the struggle for self determination and the historic war of liberation in 1971.