Independence Day 2012

Embassy of Bangladesh

Press Release

Celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Independence and National Day 2012

26 March 2012

The Embassy celebrated the 41stanniversary of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh on 26 March 2012 with due fervor and festivity. The programme of the day commenced with the hoisting of the national flag at full mast by H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain in the morning at the Chancery premises. A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the departed soul of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders and the martyrs of liberationwar of Bangladesh.

Messages of the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh, Hon'ble Prime Minister and Hon'ble Foreign Minister of the Government of Bangladesh issued on the occasion were read out by the Ambassador. This was followed by a discussion session on the significance of the Day. The Ambassador,in his speech, highlighted the immense contribution of the leadership of the Father of the Nation in the independence of Bangladesh and personal sacrifice he made during his entire life for the country. The Ambassador also observed that it was incumbent on every citizen of Bangladesh to fulfill their own responsibility toward the country for realizing the "Sonar Bangla"-the dream and vision of Bangabandhu.

A special supplement commemorating the occasion of the 41st Anniversary of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh was brought out in the leading English newspaper of Thailand 'Bangkok Post' on 26 March 2012. The Thai language newspaper "Naew-Na" also brought out a special supplement to mark the occasion. The Radio Thailand broadcasted the Ambassador's speech on the occasion of the 41st Anniversary of Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

In the evening, a reception was held at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Many Thai dignitaries including the Grand Chamberlain of Her Royal Highness MahaChakriSirindhorn's Office, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, Senator, senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce of Thailand along with Ambassadors and other members of diplomatic corps, members of business community, academic of the print and electronic media and Bangladesh community living in Thailand attended the programme. Special Bangladeshi foods were served at the reception. Documentaries on Bangladesh were screened during the reception. A photo exhibition titled "A Glimpse of Bangladesh through the Eyes of a Thai" was also arranged. Asia Broadcasting Television Limited interviewed the Ambassador during the reception.