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Children also pay homage to language martyrs

UNB
Children also pay homage to language martyrs

A large number of children thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in the city along with their parents yesterday to pay rich tributes to the Language Movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue, reports UNB.

Many children, wearing black and white mourning dresses, were seen visiting the Shaheed Minar since morning with flower wreaths in their hands while many others painted Shaheed Minar and wrote 'Amar Ekushey' on their cheeks.

Class-II student Khandakar Mahia Binte Moin who came to the Shaheed Minar along with her parents and younger sister in the early morning said, "I came here to pay my tributes to the language martyrs."

"My parents have told me that on this day, many Bangladeshi people sacrificed their lives to protect Bangla. So every year, we should pay respect to these heroes," she said.

Young couple -- Shishir and Sumi - who came to the city from Rajshahi recently with their four-year-old child Swarthak told UNB, "We have come to the capital with our child to observe the day so that he (Swarthak) can learn about our history through his engagement."

Md Saiful Islam Tutul came from Lalbagh with his two sons -- Abdullah Al Mayen and Abdullah Al Jahin -- to pay homage to the memories of the martyrs. "The new generation should know about the history of the Language Movement and its heroes. That's why I've brought my children here," Saiful said.

"At the Shaheed Minar, we also got the opportunity to come across many other people who were also honouring the martyrs through which children can realise the importance of the day," he said. Alongside informing them about the history, it is important to observe important national days for building children as worthy citizens, Saiful added.

On February 21, 1952, Salam, Barkat, Shafiur, Rafiq, Jabbar and others, mostly students, laid down their lives to establish Bangla as one of the state languages of then Pakistan. Since then, the day has been being observed as the Language Martyrs' Day.

In November 1999, Unesco declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day. The day is being observed from February 21, 2000 throughout the world each year to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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