Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bangla (Bengali) Alphabet -- 1


The Ekushey February -- also called the Shaheed Dibosh -- is the Bangla (Bengali) Language Martyrs' Day observed with solemnity and fanfare all over Bangladesh on each February 21. Since 2000, this day is observed (on each February 21) all over the world as the International Mother Language Day.

In preparation of this year's Ekushey February, I prepared designs of the Bangla (Bengali) alphabets with quotations on the alphabet, language, writing, reading and so forth. This attempt of mine is to introduce these alphabets to the international community. Since there are 51 alphabets (11 vowels and 40 consonants) in Bangla (Bengali), I will post one alphabet each day starting from January 1 and ending on February 20, 2011.

My hope is that the international community will come to know, love and appreciate these Bangla alphabets. For defending these very alphabets did the Bangali (Bengali) students in Dhaka give their lives on February 21, 1952. This ardent love for one's own mother language inspired the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to institute the International Mother Language Day on February 21.

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