The Language Martyrs’ Day and the International Mother Language Day 2016 was observed for the first time in Denmark in a multinational atmosphere. The newly opened Bangladesh Embassy in Copenhagen in partnership with prestigious Asia House organized the programmme at the Asia House auditorium today.

The programme included a discussion session followed by a colorful cultural segment. The Ambassadors and Chargé d'affaires of the Embassies of China, Thailand, Nepal and Armenia, a good number of academicians, representatives of civil society and media and members of Bangladesh community attended the programme. In the beginning, a short documentary was screened on the history of language movement and the International Mother Language Day. The Chairman of Asia House Mr. Carsten Dencker Nielsen in this opening remarks deeply appreciated the initiative of the Embassy for conveying the intrinsic messages of the International Language Day in Denmark. Professor Manpreet Janeja of Copenhagen University in her key-note speech said that languages are the vehicles of cultures and cultures create forms of life and it is important to uphold the spirit of ’Ekushey’ which symbolises the myriad challenges that face the continued preservation and development of indigenous languages round the world.  

 Bangladesh Ambassador Mr. Muhammad A Muhith in his remarks paid homage to the memories of the language martyrs and the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mubibur Rahman, who had steered the language movement from within the confines of the prison cell. He shed light on the significance of the day in the history of Bangladesh while mentioning that 21st February is a gift from the Bangalees to the speakers, patrons and defenders of thousands of mother languages around the world many of them are facing extinction due to globalization. He also conveyed the good wishes of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on this auspicious occasion under whose auspices UNESCO in 1999 declared 21st February as the International Mother Language Day which later received UNGA’s recognition.

In the cultural segment, the 125-strong audience was enthralled by the spectacular cultural soiree presented by the artistes of Bangladesh, China, Nepal and Thailand displaying rich cultural diversities. The pogramme was rounded off by a buffet lunch hosted by the Bangladesh Ambassador.

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