DHAKA - Bangladesh missions in New York, Canberra and India today observed the "Amar Ekushey" and the International Mother Language Day, 2017 in a befitting manner and with due solemnity, according to message received here.
Officials and Bangladesh missions and Bangladeshi expatriates living in New York, Canberra and Deputy High Commission in Mumbai and Kolkata paid homage to the martyrs of the Language Movement in 1952 with observance at the beginning of the day's programme.
On the occasion, respective representatives of Bangladesh missions abroad also read out messages of the president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs. They also arranged discussions after placing floral wreathes on the Shaheed Minar there, said press releases this evening.
Different socio economic organizations, political parties and eminent personalities also paid tributes to the martyrs of the language heroes and took part in the discussion highlighting the significant of the 21st February that helped to establish the right of Bangla-speaking people as the state language Bangladesh.
Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day were observed at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York in a befitting manner.
On the occasion, permanent representative of the mission Masud Bin Momen placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar temporally set up at the mission at one minute past on February 21, a press release of the mission said today.
Bangladesh expatriates in the USA paid their deep homage to the martyrs of the historic language movement by placing floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
Marking the day, a discussion also was held at the mission.
Besides, the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day were observed at Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra in a befitting manner.
The representatives of the respective missions commemorated the martyrs who dedicated their lives in protecting the mother language and paid tributes to them particularly Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and others for their supreme sacrifice in the movement.
They also remembered the extra ordinary contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in organizing the language movement from 1948.
Meanwhile, the deputy high commissions in Kolkata and Mumbai also chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day by paying homage to the martyrs of the language movement in 1952 at the Shaheed Minar.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)