The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed the "Shaheed Dibash" and "International Mother Language Day with due solemnity and pageantry.
According to a press release issued by Embassy of Bangladesh, the Mission organized a day long program to commemorate the day which began with the hoisting of the National Flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning.
This was followed by "Prabhat Pheri" and laying of wreath by the ambassador and officers and members of the staff at a replica of the Shaheed Minar in the Chancery premises.
Wreaths were also laid by representatives of SAARC Secretariat, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Bangladesh Club comprising members of the expatriate Bangladesh community in Kathmandu.
One minute's silence was observed as a mark of respect for the language martyrs. Messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day were read out.
In the evening, the Mission organized a cultural program which showcased a performance by two artists from Sargam Lalitkala Academy, namely singer Oyshika Nodee and recitalist Shuvo Islam from Bangladesh who rendered Bangla patriotic songs and poems which was widely appreciated by the audience. The artists were supported by musicians from Nepal Music Centre.
The Nepal Bhasa Parishad, a cultural group which works for the promotion of the local Newari language, also participated i the cultural program by reciting poetry in different Nepali Languages such as Newari, Tamang, Bhojpuri, Hindi and Limbu.
The Head of the Office of UNESCO in Kathmandu attended the program as Chief Guest and made a short statement highlighting the significance of the day.
The evening's cultural program was attended by Ambassadors and other diplomats in Kathmandu, high Nepalese dignitaries, members of the civil society, representatives of the Nepalese Print and Electronic Media, officials of the Mission and SAARC Secretariat and members of the expatriate Bangladesh community.
Earlier in the day, the Ambassador attended a "Kabita Mahotsab" of all Nepali languages organized on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day 2016 by the Nepal Academy as Guest of Honor.
The President of Nepal, Biddhya Devi Bhandari attend the seminar as Chief Guest. Participants in the program included noted linguists, academicians, educationists, members of the civil society and representatives of the media in Nepal.
In her speech, Ambassador paid tribute to the language martyrs and recalled their timeless sacrifice which inspired the nation to seek self determination in 1971. She also highlighted the role of the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka for promoting and protecting all languages.
Both the President of Nepal and Chancellor of Nepal Academy appreciated the role of Bangladesh for selfless sacrifice for the love of mother language and willingness to fight for the cause of mother language. The Nepal Academy is the apex institution of the Government of Nepal. The Kabita Mahotsab has been organized to highlight the significance of the International Mother Language Day and to promote the various languages of Nepal.