Happy Independence Day, Bangladesh!

শুভ স্বাধীনতা দিবস, বাংলাদেশ!

On the auspicious occasion of Bangladesh’s 50th Independence Day, the Hellenic-Indian Society for Culture & Development (ELINEPA) wishes to the friendly people of Bangladesh, especially to those who live and work in Greece, Happy Independence Day with health, progress and prosperity.

On March 26, 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence following the crackdown on unarmed Bengalis on the midnight of March 25 by Pakistani occupation forces.

After a nine-month War of Liberation with the supreme sacrifices of three million people, Bangladesh finally achieved its cherished independence on December 16, 1971 and the nation formerly known as East Pakistan, became the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

The country then adopted the red disk against a green backdrop as its national flag that represents the sun rising across the nation’s abundant flora and natural beauty.

The national holiday is marked by great parades, patriotic speeches, and demonstrations in Bangladesh and by the Bangladesh’s delegations and communities abroad. However, this year the government cancelled all programs of the day as the country is fighting to contain the transmission of novel coronavirus, Covid-19.