National Mourning Day 2015

The Bangladesh Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal observed the “National Mourning Day” and the 40th Death Anniversary of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15th August, 2015. The Mission organized a programme to commemorate the National Mourning Day with due solemnity and respect marking the martyrdom of the Father of the Nation and his family members 40 years ago.

The day’s programme 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 placing of floral wreaths in front of the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman followed by observance of one minute’s silence as a mark of respect to the departed. A ‘Doa Mahfil’ was also held in the morning at the Chancery where all present prayed for the eternal peace of Bangabandhu, members of his family and others who had been slain on this day.

The Mission also organized a discussion programme which began with reading out of the messages of the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Foreign Minister and Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs. This was followed by a presentation consisting of an essay highlighting the significant events of the life of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The next item on the programme was reading out of a poem by Poet Shamsur Rahman on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The recitation was followed by a discussion session on Bangabandhu where, the speakers recalled his achievements and extolled his single minded devotion to the cause of the people of Bengal and his uncompromising position against exploitation and autocracy and his vision of establishing “Sonar Bangla”. The discussion session was followed by screening of a documentary on the life and brutal assassination of Father of the Nation. In her concluding remarks, H.E. the Ambassador stated that though Bangabandhu had been assassinated 40 years ago, his spirit would live on and he would continue to inspire Bangalees in their quest to achieve a society free of poverty, deprivation and injustice. She mentioned that under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh was well on its way to realize the long cherished dreams of Bangabandhu.

The day’s programme was attended by the Ambassador, officials of the Mission and SAARC secretariat, members of the expatriate Bangladesh in Nepal, diplomats, Nepalese dignitaries and political leaders, members of the civil society and representatives of the print and electronic media.