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International Mother Language Day is celebrated in Ottawa High Commission

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On 21 February 2024, Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa observed “Shaheed Dibosh”
and “International Mother Language Day” in a dignified and solemn manner through a day-long program.
The day commenced with hoisting the national flag at half-mast, accompanied by the national anthem, by
Minister and Acting High Commissioner Mr. Dewan Hossne Ayub in presence of other officers and
officials, at Bangladesh House at 10:00 am. Following the flag hoisting, a special prayer was offered for
the salvation of the souls of the language martyrs of 1952.

Thereafter, a special discussion, chaired by the Minister and Acting High Commissioner, was
held at the High Commission’s Auditorium. The event was attended by members of the High Commission
as well as Bangladeshi expatriates residing in various provinces of Canada. The ceremony began with the
laying of a floral wreath on the portrait of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman, followed by a minute of silence to honor all language martyrs and the martyrs of Bangladesh’s
war of independence in 1971.

At the beginning, special messages from the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble
Foreign Minister were read out by the officers of the High Commission. Following this, a documentary on
the language movement was screened. Then the invited guests shed light on the significance of the day.
They emphasized on the importance of promotion of Bengali culture and language.

In his address, Minister and Acting High Commissioner Mr. Dewan Hossne Ayub paid tribute to
the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman, all martyrs of the language movement,
including Abul Barkat, Abdul Jabbar, Rafiquddin Ahmad, Abdus Salam and Shafiur Rahman and others,
who sacrificed their lives for establishing Bangla as a state language of the then Pakistan. He recounted
Bangabandhu’s significant involvement in the language movement, describing him as its main driving
force, even enduring imprisonment for his leadership. The Acting High Commissioner also acknowledged
the role of two Bangladeshi expatriates in Canada in the recognition of Bengali as International Mother
Language Day and attributed its success to the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He
also thanked the people and government of Canada for enacting the “International Mother Language Day
Act” by the House of Commons in March 2023, recognizing February 21st as International Mother
Language Day. He emphasized the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s pivotal role in advancing Bengali language
and urged collective efforts to make Bangladesh a developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041,
drawing inspiration from the spirit of the language movement and the liberation war.

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