Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bangladesh 15.8.2009 - Mourning Day

The other day I was fortunate to come by this excellent first day cover commemorating Bangladesh’s Mourning Day, that coincides with the day the Father of that young nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated. I still remember that day in 1975, when this shocking incident took place. Not even four years had elapsed since the Liberation of erstwhile East Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh. This event, shocked the conscience of the whole world, and resulted in plunging the new nation into another phase of turmoil.


Bangladesh observed National Mourning Day on the 34th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday 15th August 2009.
The day was a public holiday. The government chalked out nationwide programs to observe the day at the state level. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, one of the surviving daughters of Bangabandhu, visited her father's grave at Tungipara.
Along with ruling Awami League (AL), different political parties, and student and socio-cultural organizations also planned programs to mourn the killings of the architect of the country's independence and most of his family members, by some army men on this day in 1975.

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