Bangladeshi Ambassador Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker hoisting the national flag at half mast at the embassy.
Doha: The Bangladeshi embassy observed Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day yesterday.
In the morning, Ambassador Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker hoisted the national flag at half mast at the embassy, in the presence of officials and community members.
They observed one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the 1952 Language Movement martyrs of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).
Messages from the president, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs were read out.
During a meeting on the significance of International Mother Language Day, speakers highlighted the contribution of the Bengali language to the birth of an independent Bangladesh.
Khundoker recalled sacrifices of language martyrs and said the Language Movement was a turning point in Bangladesh’s history as it led to independence.
He thanked Bangladeshis in Qatar for their hard work and contribution to nation-building and demonstrating unity, fraternity and liberal and moderate attitude.
He said the main objective of the day is to protect languages across the world and all should work together to fulfil it.
Bangladesh MHM School and College in Doha also held programmes. Students from different schools took part in a drawing competition and essay writing on their mother tongue. Khundoker and Unesco representatives were also present. In the evening, a cultural programme was held at the embassy where students of different schools and Bangla artists performed.