National Mourning Day Thursday
Published: 14:21 14 August 2019 Updated: 18:00 14 August 2019
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
The nation is set to observe tomorrow the National Mourning Day recalling with a heavy heart Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom.
The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975, is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history.
The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends, and relatives.
They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, nephew and eminent journalist Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni, his pregnant wife Arzoo Moni and Colonel Jamil.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, escaped the planned assassination with her sister Sheikh Rehana as they were staying overseas then.
The killing of Bangabandhu, the greatest son of the soil in a thousand years, descended a pall of gloom and spread a sense of deep sadness among the people in the country and across the globe.
The world protested and condemned the killing saying it is an irreparable loss to millions of people of Bangladesh.
Like previous years, the government, Awami League and different political and socio-cultural organizations, educational institutions and professional groups chalked out elaborate programs to pay the utmost respect to the greatest son of the soil on the day of his martyrdom.
The nation, however, started observing the month of mourning from August 1, recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the Day.
The government drew elaborate programs to observe the Day with due respect and solemnity. As part of the program, the national flag will fly half-mast atop the offices of all government, semi-government and autonomous bodies, and educational institutions on the day.
Minister, Cabinet members will place wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Museum Bangabandhu Memorial Museum of capital’s Dhanmondi-32.
A smartly turned out contingent of the Armed Forces will give a guard of honor to the portrait of the Bangabandhu. A special munajat and fateha also will be offered there.
Following the President and the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, people from all walks of life with wearing black badges will throng the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum to pay their profound homage to Father of the Nation by placing wreaths at his portrait there.
Later, the Prime Minister will pay homage, place wreaths, offer Fateha and pray at the Banani graveyard for the family members of the father of the nation and others, who embraced martyrdom with Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.
Sheikh Hasina will place a wreath at the Mazar of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 8:00 am. Fateha will be offered and the armed forces will again stage a guard of honor there. A special milad mahfil and dua will be held there on the day.
Awami League and its associate bodies will place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi 32 in the morning. Leaders, workers, and supporters of AL and other organizations will also pay homage to the martyrs of 1975 at the Banani graveyard, offer Fateha and munajat there on August 15.
The party will distribute special foods among the poor, destitute and orphanages. The party will also hold milad mahfil and offer doa at Bangabandhu Bhaban after Asr prayers on August 15.
Similarly, all city corporations, district councils, municipalities, and union councils will organize different programs to observe the day with due respect and solemnity.
Bangladesh missions abroad will arrange discussions with hoisting the national flag half-mast atop their respective offices.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels, and radio stations will take special programs in observance of the National Mourning Day. National and regional newspapers will bring out special supplements on the occasion.
Besides, specially designed posters will be displayed at educational institutions and other public places, reminding the black chapter of the country’s history.
On the day of national mourning, special prayers will be offered at all mosques across the country seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his deceased family members.
Besides, special prayers will also be offered at all temples and places of worships of other religions.
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