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Feb 22, 2016

Bangladeshi Nations Celebrate International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day was celebrated in Belize City on Sunday, as members of the local Bangladeshi community paraded downtown.  It is a recognition of the sacrifices of martyrs for establishing the rightful place of the Bangla language.  Observed annually on February twenty-first, it aims to promote awareness of the linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  News Five spoke with Ruhual Amin, President of the Bangladesh Community in Belize.


Ruhual Amin, President, Bangladesh Community

Ruhual Amin

“Yesterday we invited Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and other VIP person they came and we celebrate in Battlefield Park. Then we had a parade and we had a food program and we gave some food to poor people. And we really know this language is very important for us because our people fight for this Bangladeshi people and some people died for this languor. That is why seventeenth November 1999 UNESCO declared twenty-first February the international mother language day and Bangladeshi only one national day they fight for their mother language in the world. Only one national and that is the Bangladeshi people. We celebrate by inviting the mayor with us, we gave food to poor people and we made a parade and I think Belize people may not understand why we have this day. That is why we try to celebrate and so people can understand what is the Mother Language Day. Why this is International Mother Language Day is because Bangladesh and Pakistan was together and Pakistan wanted an language day and Bangladesh didn’t want their language they wanted Bangladesh language then fight then some people died, many, many people died. So that is why we respect them and our country it’s a national holiday on the twenty-first of February.


The observance of International Mother Language Day was formally recognized by UNESCO in 1999.


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1 Response for “Bangladeshi Nations Celebrate International Mother Language Day”

  1. Atik @ Anytechtune says:

    i believe that International Mother Language Day is a important day specially for Bangladeshi because it bear our culture.

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