| Azlan Othman |
THE Bangladesh High Commission Chancery at Jalan Sungai Akar celebrated Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day last Thursday in a ceremony attended by Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Myenul Hasan.
Expatriate Bangladeshis living in the Sultanate joined in the celebration, paying glowing tributes to the Language Movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue in 1952.
At the chancery premises, the observance of the day began with the lowering of the Bangladesh national flag at half-mast by the Acting High Commissioner in the presence of the Bangladeshi community members and members of the high commission.
Myenul Hasan on behalf of the High Commission of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam and Bangladeshi expatriates living in Brunei then placed floral tributes on the Martyr’s Monument (Shaheed Minar) and replications of the monument in a show of respect.
The messages for the day from the Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were read out prior to the meeting.
The Acting High Commissioner spoke on the significance of International Mother Language Day and touched upon some historical aspects of the observance and its relevance in promoting mother languages among the new generation.
A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the souls of the martyrs, an activity participated by members of the Bangladeshi community.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 17, 1999 declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day in reflection of the commitment of all nations to preserve and protect mother languages.
In connection to this, a resolution was made by Bangladesh along with other countries in the UNESCO General Assembly in 1999. From 2000, the day has been observed all over the world as International Mother Language Day.