The nation is set to commemorate International Mother Language Day on February 21 Wednesday.
The government has taken extensive programmes to observe the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ and the International Mother Language Day with the national flag flying at half-mast in all educational institutions, government, semi-government and autonomous offices and private buildings across the country.
In line with the national programmes, the day would be observed by all educational institutions, city corporations, pourasabhas, the district and upazila administrations and Bangladesh missions abroad.
Quran Khwani, Milad Mahfil and special munajats will be held at Azimpur graveyard in the city for the martyrs of the Language Movement.
Dhaka University authorities will arrange programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Strict measures have been taken for strengthening security in the Shaheed Minar, Dhaka University and surrounding areas.
Different roads and important spots in the city have been decorated with festoons inscribed with Bangla alphabet.
Various organizations and institutes, including Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Nazrul Institute, Jatiya Grantha Kendra, Islamic Foundation, National Museum, International Mother Language Institute and Shishu Academy will observe the day by holding different programmes.
The programmes include book fairs, discussions, recitation, essay writing competition and cultural functions.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, President said, “I extend my warm congratulations and sincere felicitations to all multilingual people of the world along with Bangla-speaking people.”
He recalled with deep reverence the language martyrs namely Shaheed Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and so many unknown and unsung language heroes who laid down their lives for the cause of mother tongue.
“As a Bangali nation, it was our great achievement. Today many languages and culture around the globe are becoming extinct due to lack of proper practice, preservation and patronization,” Hamid said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the greatest Ekushey is the symbol of grief, strength and glory in the life of every Bangali.
“I pay my deep homage to the memories of the martyrs. I also pay my deep respect to the greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led the language movement and all other language veterans,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the International Mother Language Day is now a source of inspiration to all people of the world in establishing the truth and justice.
“Let’s work together with the spirit of the immortal Ekushey keeping aside all the differences for the development of the country upholding the democratic value and build a non-communal, hunger poverty-free and happy-prosperous Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation,” the Prime Minister added.