| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday observed the Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day 2015.
Language Martyrs’ Day or Martyrs’ Day, is the national day of Bangladesh to commemorate the protests and sacrifices made to protect Bengali as a national language during the Bengali Language Movement of 1952.
Yesterday’s event was held at the Chancery premises and began with the hoisting of the Bangladesh national flag at half-mast by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam, Mohammed Abdul Hye.
A number of Bangladeshis as well as expatriates living and working in the country attended the ceremony.
A special prayer was also read to pray for the salvation of the souls of the martyrs and for seeking divine blessing for peace and progress of Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner spoke on the significance of the day and elaborated on the historical aspects of the International Mother Language Day and the relevance and importance of promoting the mother language among the new generation.
The High Commissioner also read out messages from the Bangladesh President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the event.
In the evening, a colourful cultural programme was held at the Chancery Hall. Bangladeshi children dressed in their traditional costumes rendered poems and songs which reflected the nation’s linguistic movement and its rich cultural heritage. Prizes were also distributed to children who participated in the cultural event.