Nation set to celebrate 50th Victory Day

The nation is set to celebrate tomorrow the 50th Victory Day, the most precious day of the Bangalee people, as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 49 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation, reports BSS.

On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honor of nearly half a million women.

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Though the pandemic COVID-19 has paralyzed the whole world barring mankind from attending any public gathering in person, the celebration of Victory Day this year has a different dimension as the day is set to be celebrated in the ‘Mujib Barsho’ on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from March 2020-March 2021 just ahead of the country’s golden jubilee of independence to be celebrated in 2021.

Different socio-political, educational, and cultural institutions and organizations have chalked out a series of programs to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.

However, all the programs this year will be observed following the health guidelines in face of the global pandemic COVID-19.

The government has taken elaborate programs to celebrate the day at the national level.

The programs include a 31-gun salute, placing of wreaths at the monuments to pay homage to martyrs, hoisting of the national flags atop all government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country, decorating city streets with miniature national flags and colorful festoons, and the illumination of important buildings and establishments, roads and street islands at night.

The day is a public holiday.

National dailies will bring out special supplements on the occasion while Bangladesh Postal Department will release a memorial postal stamp to mark the day.

The state-owned and private televisions and radios will broadcast special programs highlighting the Liberation War.

Wreaths will be placed at National Memorial at Savar at dawn and at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban on Dhanmondi 32 road in the city.

Bangladesh missions abroad will observe the day through various programs.

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