The nation is set to celebrate on Saturday the 47th Victory Day, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
This year the celebration has reached a new height following the UNESCO's recognition of Bangabandhu's historic 7th March Speech as part of the world's documentary heritage.
The UNESCO on October 30 announced the prestigious acknowledgement to one of the world's most glorious speeches.
With the immense joyfulness for UNESCO's recognition, the nation this year will be celebrating the Victory Day with much enthusiasm and upholding persistently the spirit of the War of Liberation.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the nation's glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.
The government has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the Day at the national level on December 16.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreath at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the sun.
Marking the day, a colorful parade will be held at National Parade Square in the Old Airport area with the participation of armed forces. The President will take salute as chief guest at the parade. The Prime Minister will be present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tribute to Father of the Nation by placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at the historic Dhanmondi 32 in the city.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages on the occasion. National dailies will bring out special supplements, reports BSS.