Saturday, February 21, 2015

Today Is the Ekushey February: Bangladesh and World Honour Their Mother Languages

The Shaheed Minar (language martyrs' memorial) doodle by Jerome D'Costa
Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Bangladesh language martyrs' sacrifice of life for defending their mother language, Bangla (Bengali), against the encroachment of Urdu. 

On this day, the Bangladeshis all over the world pay their tribute to the language martyrs, called Bhasha Shaheed. Millions of Bangladesh citizens converge on their local Shaheed Minars to lay flowers, garlands and wreaths in honour of the martyrs. 

 In consonance with this day in Bangladesh, the world communities also observe this day as the International Mother Language Day.

To read more on the subject, you may visit our past blog posts at: Ekushey February.

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