Govt takes elaborate programmes to observe National Mourning Day


DHAKA, Aug 12, 2020 (BSS) – The government has taken elaborate programmes to observe the 45th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day on August 15 with due respect and solemnity, maintaining the social distancing in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The programmes were finalized at an inter-ministerial virtual meeting marking the martyrdom anniversary of architect of Independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day, said an official handout here today.

As part of the programme, the national flag will be hoisted half-mast at the buildings of all government, semi-government, autonomous, educational institutions and private offices on the day.

Floral wreaths will be placed at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city and a munajat will be held there at 6.30 am on August 15.

Floral wreaths also will be placed at the graves of Bangabandhu’s martyred family members and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 at Banani Graveyard in the city and offering fateha and munajat will be held there at 7.30 am on the day.

Wreaths also will be placed at the Mazar of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj district around 10 am. Fateha will be offered and a special doa will be held there maintaining social distancing.

To mark the National Mourning Day, special munajats will be offered at all mosques across the country after Johr prayers while special prayers will take place at all temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship at convenient time.

Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will air special programmes in observance of the National Mourning day. National newspapers and magazines will publish special supplements on the occasion.

Besides, specially designed posters on Bangabandhu will be printed and distributed while documentary on him will be screened on the occasion. The specially designed posters on National Mouring Day will be displayed at important public places, including at educational institutions or growth centers, reminding the black chapter of the country’s history. The posters and others programmes marking the day will be publicized through LED display board at different public places.

Posts and Telecommunication Division will send SMS by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to all mobile users describing the significance of the National Mourning Day.
According to the inter-ministerial meeting, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum can organize lecture on the biography of Bangabandhu and National Mourning Day using virtual platforms on request of the educational institutions, Shishu Academy and such institutions.

In line with the national programmes, different ministries and divisions, departments and agencies will organise various programmes at their respective institutions, maintaining the social distancing and health guidelines. Use of virtual platforms should get priority in holding Mourning Day programmes.

In line with the national programmes, district and upazila administrations will draw up their respective programmes, including discussions and doa mahfils, marking the National Mourning Day maintaining the social distancing. Government officials will join the programmes at district and upazila levels.

District councils and municipalities will join the programmes to be organized by the district and upazila administrations while city corporations, municipalities and union parishads will also take programmes coinciding with the national programmes, maintaining social distancing, to observe the National Mourning Day with due respect at their respective institutions. Use of virtual platforms should get priority in holding Mourning Day programmes.

Bangladesh missions abroad will also hoist the national flag half-mast and organize discussions marking the day.