Amar Ekushey: Nation salutes the language heroes
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The nation is paying glowing tributes to the Language Movement martyrs, who laid down their lives for the recognition of Bangla as a state language on this day.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the number of people visiting the shaheed minars across the country this year is less than ever as the authorities have allowed a maximum of five people from a political party or organization to place a wreath at a time.
For the general public, a maximum of two individuals is allowed to place wreaths or flowers at a time. Using masks and maintaining social distancing is mandatory for entering the Shaheed Minar premises.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their glowing tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.
On behalf of the President and the Prime Minister, their military secretaries paid homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital at one minute past midnight tonight.
President’s Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after him, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Major General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury placed the wreath at the Shaheed Minar.
Humming "Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February...", thousands of Bangalis thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital and elsewhere in the early hours today to pay homage to the language heroes.
With Bangladesh, 193 countries across the globe are observing the day, as the Unesco on November 17, 1999, declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day.