DHAKA, The government has taken different programmes to celebrate the 48th Victory Day on December 16, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces after a ninemonth long bloody War.
Fortyseven years back on December 16, 1971, Bangladesh was emerged as an independent state under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly halfamillion women.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give separate messages on the eve of the Day.
The day will start with 31 gun salutes. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreath at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the sun.
They will be followed by the freedom fighters and their family members, foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social organisations and people from all walks of life.
Besides, different sociocultural and professional bodies and institutions including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar, Bangladesh Shishu Academy will observe the day with elaborate programmes.
The day is a public holiday. The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semigovernment and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.
Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.
National dailies will bring out special supplements.
The stateowned and private televisions and radios will broadcast monthlong special programmes highlighting the Liberation War. Different organisations will organise discussions and display Liberation War related documentaries.
Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.
Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the Liberation War and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
Destitute children will be allowed to visit children's parks and other recreational centres across the country freeofcost.
Bangladesh missions abroad will observe the day through different programmes.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)