Independence Day of Bangladesh also referred to as 26 March, is a national holiday. It commemorates the country’s declaration of independence from Pakistan in the late hours of 25th March 1971 by the “Father of the Nation” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before he was arrested by Pakistani forces. The day is a memorial to the deaths of thousands of civilians who died in the Bangladesh Liberation War. Independence Day is commonly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, and traditions of Bangladesh. TV and radio stations broadcast special programs and patriotic songs in honor of Independence Day. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is conducted in the morning. The main streets are decorated with national flags. Different political parties and socioeconomic organizations undertake programs to mark the day in a befitting manner, including the paying of respects at JatiyoSmritiSoudho, the national memorial at Savar near Dhaka.
Observance of the Day
On Independence Day, there are parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, and ceremonies. TV and radio stations broadcast special programs and patriotic songs. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is done in the morning. The main streets are decorated with national flags. We observe the day with due respect. All the people of Bangladesh eagerly wait for this day. The day has great importance for the people of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a country of solemnity and unity. On the occasion of Independence Day, the whole country wears festive colors. All the govt. offices are decorated with colorful lightings.
Bangladesh is a newborn independent country. We had to undergo a world of pains and sufferings under the barbaric domination of the different autorotation of Great Britain as a colonial state for long 190 years. Then we had to suffer under the domination of the barbarize rulers of West Pakistan for about 25 years. A mountain high disparity was created by them in the different spheres of national life. They made us crippled economically, politically and culturally. Their atrocities surpassed all the humanitarian limits. But they couldn’t kill the spirit within the Bengalese. We just needed a proper soul to guide on the way of freedom that we got within Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On the announcement of 26th March 1971, the actual war of liberation begun. The people of then-East Pakistan took part in this war to liberate Bangladesh from the oppression of military leaders of Pakistan. After a nine months-long battle, Independence for Bangladesh was gained through the participation of civilians and army against the Pakistani Army, which resulted in the loss of about 3 million lives and got victory on 16th December in the same year, which is celebrated as Victory Day.
But our undaunted leaders and freedom-loving people did not let the matter go unchallenged. They rose up with great determination and started a vigorous movement against them. A lot of blood was shed in different movements. At last, the war of liberation was waged on the midnight of March 25, 1971. The war continued for long nine months. This blood-shed of our heroic people did not go in vain. A proverb also goes, ‘there is a silver lining even in the darkest of clouds’. Justice triumphed in the long run. However, March 26 is our independence day because, on this day in 1971, Independence Day was declared. We celebrate this day every year with great honor and solemnity.
Independence Day is a day of great joy and merriment to us all. The day is observed every year with great festivities across the country. We pledge our love and toil to our beloved motherland. Above all, we got our freedom from the announcement of 26th March. This is the result of suffering as we had land but no native land. We had language but they chained the force. So the 26th of March is the day of Independence, independence all over injustice and falsehood.
Model: Khokan, Saeham Ahmed, Prajammo, Ador, Payel, Riya, and Mimi
Style: BD Mizu
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Photography: Sheikh Sadi