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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birthday
Bangladesh

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birthday 2018 and 2019

Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is considered the father of Pakistan. He was the first president who showed promise of leadership since he was a student. While a student, the Chief Minister of Bengal visited his school and it is said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman organised an “agitation” to impress the minister about how depressed the region was.

YearDateDayHoliday
201817 MarSatSheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birthday
201917 MarSunSheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birthday

About Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a principal organizer of the East Pakistan Muslim Students League in 1948. He was elected as one of the joint secretaries of the East Pakistan Awami Muslim League while serving a jail term. He became general secretary of the East Pakistan Awami Muslim League in 1953 until he became president of the party in 1966. He pushed to have the word Muslim dropped from the name of the party to make it sound secular, indicating his non-secular attitude to politics. During the 1960s, he grew to political eminence. He was jailed after presenting his Six-Point Programme that was designed to establish independence for East Pakistan. He was released in 1969. In 1970, he was elected to the Pakistan National Assembly and took an oath to use the Six-Point Programme as the framework for the Constitution for Pakistan.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Holiday

The birth of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared a national holiday in celebration of the father of the nation’s birth. He and his family were assassinated on August 15, 1975 by a group of military officers and the country celebrates the anniversary of his death as National Mourning Day.

Traditions and Celebrations

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday is celebrated each year on March 17. On the anniversary, different socio-political and cultural organisations organise discussions, cultural functions and other programmes designed to recognise the Sheikh. Special programmes are aired on television and newspapers publish special supplements. The national and party flags are hoisted at 6:30 AM and wreathes are placed at the Father of the Nation’s portrait at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the Dhanmondi area at 7 AM. Wreaths are also placed later in the day by other government leaders. Wreaths are laid at 10 AM at the Mausoleum Complex in Tungipara where he is laid to rest. Children’s gatherings, rallies and other cultural functions are held throughout the country in honour of the country’s fallen leader. There are also public viewings of documentaries detailing the country’s fight for independence.