The Martyrs and International Mother Language Day is observed at the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait on 21 February 2015 in a befitting manner. To celebrate the day, the Mission organized programs which included the National Flag Hoisting at half-mast at the Chancery and Bangladesh House, recitation from the Holy Quran, a reading out of messages and a discussion with participation of community members.
The program of the Day began with a ceremonial hoisting of the National Flag at half-mast. The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Kuwait H.E. Major General Mohammed Ashab Uddin, ndc, psc (rtd), hoisted the National Flag at half-mast in the presence of Embassy officials, officers of the Bangladesh Military Contingent to Kuwait, Bangladesh Biman and members of the Bangladesh community. Messages given by the Hon'ble President, Hon'ble Prime Minister, Hon'ble Foreign Minister, Hon'ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and European Union's Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Tibor Navrascis were read out by officers of the Mission.
A documentary film on the Martyrs and International Mother Language Day was also displayed at the program. A large gathering of Bangladeshi nationals from all strata of society participated at the program. Mr. S. M. Mahbubul Alam, Counsellor and Head of Chancery anchored the program.
The discussion program began with a recitation from the Holy Quran. Special dua and munajat were offered seeking divine blessings for the Martyrs of the Language Movement and freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the causes of the mother tongue and the country’s independence, and for continued peace and progress of the country and for the well-being of Bangladesh community in overseas.
One minute silence was observed in honor of the martyrs of the Language Movement in 1952. In the Discussion session, the speakers highlighted the history and significance of the day. They also emphasized on role of all to uphold our image and flourish achievements.
Bangladesh Embassy in collaboration with Bangladesh Community in Kuwait also organized a series of events to mark the day including an Art Competition and a beautiful Bangla Handwriting Competition for different age groups. Around 150 children participated in the competitions. Trophies were distributed among the winners, and crests and certificates were distributed among all the participants. At the end of the day, a Bangla Poem Recitation program was organized, where many children and interested community members recited Bangla poems.
In his speech, the Ambassador H.E. Mohammed Ashab Uddin, ndc, psc paid a deep homage to the martyrs of the Language movement 1952 and the War of Liberation in 1971, and highlighted the significance of the day. He said that Language Movement was the foundation of so many socio-political events and achievements including independence of Bangladesh under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said that as a nation we would not forget the supreme sacrifice of the freedom fighters and we all should love our beloved motherland and mother tongue with an unquestionable patriotism and without any prejudice.
He urged the community members in Kuwait to get inspirations from the sacrifice of the country’s great martyrs and to devote themselves to the development of the country through their patriotism and hard work. He also requested the community people to take care of their children so that they learn and practice the pure Bangla language. He also requested all to ensure a peaceful co-existence of all Bangladesh nationals in Kuwait and to increase the image of their motherland overseas.