The country is celebrating the 102nd birth anniversary of the greatest Bengali of all time Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2022 today (March 17).
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.
He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents - Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.
The nation celebrates the day through extensive programmes with fanfare and gaiety.
Bangladesh missions abroad have also chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.
In observance of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
The day is a public holiday.
The government has extended Mujib Barsho, which began from the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, till March 31 this year.
Marking the anniversary, the National Implementation Committee for Birth Centenary Celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has taken a special programme titled "Tungipara: Hridoye Pitribhumi".
The programme includes paying tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 12.30pm. A discussion and cultural function will be arranged at 2.30pm.
Bangladesh Awami League and different social and cultural organizations have also drawn elaborate programmes marking the birth anniversary.
Awami League will hold a weeklong programme from today with the title "Hridoye Pitribhumi".
National and party flags have been hoisted atop of all AL offices across the country including its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue here.
The party paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 this morning.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj today.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join a "children-juvenile" rally on that day while a discussion will also be held there in the afternoon.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees.
BDST: 1148 HRS, MAR 17, 2022