Every Bangladeshi Citizen is happier and feeling prouder than they do on Independence Day. I am talking about the Bangladesh Victory day, and everyone has their sentimental attached to it. And one of my very close friends also from there, so I have to write on it with her help (of course). So let’s begin with the History of Victory day of Bangladesh and how much it means to every Bangladesh Citizen.
Before Starts here are some of the Interesting Facts about the Bangladesh Country:
- Bangladesh is also officially named as the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
- It is the world’s eighth most crowded and populated country in the World.
- The most of the Bangali’s in the countries are Muslim, which makes the world’s third-biggest Muslim majority country in the world.
- This country is also a home for the Sundarbans which is another world’s most extensive mangrove forest.
- It is also one of the large textile exporters in the world.
History of Bangladesh Victory Day – Story of 16th December
The victory day of Bangladesh, (“Bijoy dibosh” in Bangla) is celebrated all over the country and among the Bangladeshis who lives outside of Bangladesh. This is the day when West Pakistan ( present Pakistan) army surrendered to the Bangladesh after the 9-month long liberation war, and as a result, Bangladesh gained its victory. It is a national holiday in Bangladesh, and people celebrate it with great joy and pride by parades, fair, social functions, etc.
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On 16 December, victory day mainly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, ceremonies and various other public and private events. The day starts with gun salutes and blasting cannons 31 times at the sunrise to show respect to all the martyrs of liberation war. All the roads, cars and buildings decorated with a national flag. Special prayers offered in the masjid, temples, and other religious places of worship praying for the martyrs and wishing for peace and prosperity of the country radio and television holds special programmes and newspapers contain unique features for this day. The national memorial near Savar overflowed with flowers from ordinary people who gathered there to pay respect to the martyrs. Same way all the local memorials in every district also covered in flowers.
This day is of great importance for Bangladeshis as this was the day when they gained their rightful respect and rights at the cost of 30 lakh people’s life. After operation searchlight in the night of 25 March, Pakistani army killed thousands of innocent Bengalis, which results in Bangladesh being declared as an independent country the very next day, 26 March. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other top class political leaders and some intelligent persons and students arrested.
Before being detained, Sheik Mujibur Rahman declared independence of Bangladesh, and Major Ziaur Rahman made the announcement via a radio station in 28 march and gave the news to all the bengalies that from now on Bangladesh is an independent country. After this announcement liberation war broke out in the whole country. After a lot of hard fighting and lots of sacrifices of both the freedom fighters and innocent bengalies, finally, on 16 December Pakistani army surrendered to the joined forces of Bangladesh freedom fighters and Indian army led by Lt. General Jagjit Singh Arora ( the allied force commander) in Dhaka. Air vice Marshall A.K. khondokar representing Bangladesh freedom fighters, Pakistani general A.A.K. Niazi(commanding officer of Pakistani armed force) signed the surrendered letter. As a result, Bangladesh gained her independence after nine months long liberation war with an unconditional surrender of the West Pakistani army on 16 December 1971.
Images of Celebration of Victory day
Some of the picture found during the celebration of victory day in Bangladesh on 16 December. You can Pin these pictures on your Pinterest pinboard also: