The country is all set to celebrate the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2019 today in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.
He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents -- Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.
The nation will celebrate the day through extensive programmes with fanfare and gaiety. Bangladesh missions abroad have also chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.
The theme of this year's birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children's Day is “Bangabandhu's birthday, rinse life of the children with colour”.
In observance of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages paying profound respects to the memory of Bangabandhu.
Both the President and the Prime Minister also greeted all children in Bangladesh and other parts of the world.
The government has taken decision to observe the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as Mujib Year from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021.
Like previous years, elaborate programmes have also been taken to celebrate the day at Tungipara.
The day is a public holiday.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 10am and offer fateha and munajat today.
The Prime Minister will also place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka.
As per the schedule, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive a replica of the logo of Branding of Gopalganj District at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj from 10am to 12.10pm.
Besides, she will join a book unveiling ceremony, sewing machine distribution ceremony, video screening on “Amar Kotha Shono”, discussion meeting on National Children's Day and deliver speech as the chief guest.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate a book fair, join a photo session with children and also visit painting exhibition on “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh”.
Apart from this, public hospitals, clinics and healthcare services organisations would provide free of cost treatment at its outdoor wards from 8:30am to 12:30pm on the day. Quality foods will be supplied to all hospitals. Illumination will be ensured at the child wards.
Bangladesh Awami League will hold a discussion meeting at 3pm on March 18 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the discussion.
The Information Ministry will publish special supplements in newspapers.
On the day, record of the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu would be played. Documentaries on the life of Bangabandhu and Liberation War will be screened.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has chalked out elaborate programmes including free of cost treatment, floral wreaths on Bangabandhu's portrait, blood donation and doa mahfil on the occasion of Bangabandhu's birthday. Specialist physicians of the BSMMU would also provide free of cost treatment at its outdoor wards from 9:00am to 2:00pm on the day.
Initiatives have been taken to set up banners and festoons on different offices and buildings for displaying.
Islamic Foundation will observe the day in the capital and across the country amid holding different programmes in a befitting manner. The anniversary programmes include: doa mahfils and reciting from the Holy Quran and discussion meeting.