The nation begins celebrating the Month of Victory with much festivity and enthusiasm amid a series of programmes today.
Forty-seven years back on December 16, Bangladesh was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation and the supreme sacrifices of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out numerous programmes to celebrate the nation’s great victory that was achieved under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The programmes include placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in capital and processions, discussions, photo exhibition and cultural events.
Different organisations are observing the first day of December 1 today as the ‘Freedom Fighters Day’.
To mark the day, Muktijoddha Dibas Udjapana Jatiya Committee is staging a programme at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Memorial here in the morning today.
Dhaka University (DU) teachers, students, officers and employees brings out a victory procession on the campus as part of the Victory Day celebration programme.
The procession is supposed to begin from Aparajeyo Bangla at 10.45 am. DU Vice-Chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman will lead the rally. It will end at Swadhinata Chattar in the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
Besides, another function titled “First Dawn of Month of Victory” will be staged at Hakim Chattar on the university campus under the arrangement of ‘Podokkhep Bangladesh’.
The DU vice-chancellor will attend the function as the chief guest. Different cultural organizations will perform music in the function.
As part of month-long programme, Bangabandhu Parishad is supposed to pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi here at 8am tomorrow.
Besides, many other organisations will arrange various programmes across the country to celebrate the month of victory.
On December 14, the nation will observe Martyred Intellectuals’ Day to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed by Pakistani forces and their collaborators during the 1971 Liberation War, particularly on 25 March and 14 December 1971.
The Victory Day of the country will be celebrated on December 16 paying homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for freeing the country from the misrule and occupation of Pakistani ruler.
On this day in 1971, the commander of Pakistan occupation army, General AAK Niazi, and his 93,000 soldiers surrendered to the allied forces of freedom fighters and Indian army at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka following a miserable defeat in the war of independence that broke out in March 25.