The 89th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed in a befitting manner on Thursday (August 8).
She was Born at Tungipara village of Gopalganj district on this day in 1930, Fazilatunnesa played a pivotal role in nation-building activities and the struggle for independent Bangladesh staying beside Bangabandhu.
Fazilatunnesa, a pride of the Bangalee nation, was assassinated brutally with Bangabandhu and most of her family members by a disgruntled group of army officers on August 15, 1975.
The birth anniversary of Bangamata is being observed nationally this year too. Women and Children Affairs Ministry has drawn up elaborate programme to observe the day nationally.
To mark the day, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the morning. Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury will attend the discussion as the chief guest.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages praying profound respect to Bangamata.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and other electronic media will broadcast special programmes.
Bangladesh Awami League, various political, social, cultural and student organizations, including associated bodies of AL, will observe the day in a befitting manner through elaborate programmes across the country.
Awami League leaders and workers paid homage to Bangamata by placing wreaths at her grave at the Banani graveyard at 8.00 am.
Qurankhwani, milad and doa-mahfil will be arranged seeking the peace of her departed soul.
A cross-section of people will also place wreaths at her grave.
AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader urged leaders and workers of the party and associate bodies to observe the birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib with due respect and solemnity.