NewsNow Desk: Today is the 51st Victory Day, the most precious day of the Bangalees, as Bangladesh was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on this day 50 years ago.
On 16 December 1971, Bangladesh achieved its independent statehood under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after a nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani hyenas.
The liberty was purchased at too great a price: at the cost of the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
The celebration of Victory Day this year adds a new dimension as it coincides with the two galas—birth centenary of Bangabandhu and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday issued separate messages ahead of this red-letter day, paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War.
Meanwhile, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee chalked out a two-day special programme styled ‘The Great Hero of the Great Victory’ at the south plaza of parliament from December 16.
At the beginning of the first day’s programme, the PM is due to administer an oath to the nation at 4:30pm as part of the celebrations.
A discussion will be held in the second session of the programme with the premier in the chair.
President Hamid will join the event as the chief guest while his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind will be the guest of honour.
Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana will present the ‘Sraddha Smarak-Mujib Chironton’ to the guest of honour.
The next day, a cultural programme will be organised on the Sangsad premises around 5:30 pm.
The Covid-19 health guideline will be maintained duly during the two giant celebrations.
The Victory Day’s programmes at national level include a 31-gun salute, placing wreaths at monuments in homage to martyrs and hoisting the national flag atop all government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies countrywide.
The programmes also include decorating thoroughfares with miniature flags and colourful festoons, and illumination of important buildings, establishments and road islands at night.