DHAKA- The historic May Day will be observed in the country tomorrow like elsewhere in the world.
The day is observed across the world every year since 1886 commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the workers at Hay Market, Chicago, in the USA for eight-hour working day and upholding the rights of the working class.
Working people sacrificed their lives on May 1, 1886 and the following days, for realising their demands, in bomb attacks and heavy police actions.
Worker groups and trade unions, political parties, different government and socio-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of the historic May Day.
They extended their greetings to all working people of the world including Bangladesh.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad also issued messages on the eve of the day.
Like in the previous years, the Labour and Employment Ministry has drawn up two-day programmes to observe the Day at the state level.
A colourful rally will be brought out from in front of Shrama Bhaban at RAJUK Avenue at around 7.30 am and it will end in front of the National Press Club at Topkhana Road after parading through Dainik Bangla and Paltan Intersections.
The day is a public holiday. All public and private offices, courts, banks and mills and factories will remain closed.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar and other private sector television channels and radio stations will air special programmes to mark the day. National dailies will publish special supplements commemorating the day.
In observance of the day, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 4.00 pm tomorrow. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the discussion as the chief guest.
On the occasion, Shrama Bhaban, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, different street islands of the capital will be decorated with banners, festoons and placards.
Different political parties, particularly the labour wings of political parties, labour organisations, professional bodies and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The organisations include Jatiya Sramik League, Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal, Jatiya Sramik Dal, Trade Union Kendra, Jatiya Party, Bangladesher Workers Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Gano Sangskrity Front, Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Gano Forum, National Awami party and different bodies of garment workers.
The programmes include colourful rallies, discussions and cultural functions.
Besides, workers' rallies will also be organised at different industrial areas including in front of Fantasy Kingdom at Ashulia, Barabari in Gazipur, Melar Math at Tejgaon, at Nabisco Shaheed Minar and at Senpara at Mirpur in the afternoon.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)