Bangladesh Embassy in Rome, Italy observed the National Mourning Day with due respect & solemnity on 15 August 2021, marking the 46th martyrdom of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Observance of the day included hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery at 9.30 am by Mr Md. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Italy, placing the floral wreath on the portrait of the Father of the Nation, recitation from the Holy Quran (Quran Khawani) for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman & other martyrs of the family, one-minute silence, screening of the documentary, reading out of the messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs on this occasion and discussion-meeting, among others. In the discussion meeting, a good number of speakers from the community attended and they touched on the glorious life and achievements of the Father of the Nation. They urged all to work together to build a prosperous Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realize the dream of Bangabandhu for a Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal).
In his remarks, Bangladesh Ambassador paid glowing tribute to Bangabandhu and highlighted his active involvement throughout his life for just causes of Bangalees. He narrated how his unique magnanimity, unflinching love for people and political sagacity & charismatic leadership helped win the heart of the common people as “Bangabandhu”. Mr Ahsan also touched on the projected activities of the High Commission to observe the year-long Mujib Year in connection with the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. In this regard, he urged expatriate Bangladesh nationals to work unitedly for the implementation of Vision 2041 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Moderated by Mr ASM Sayem, Counsellor, other discussants included political, social and cultural leaders and members of the media from Italy, Europe and Bangladesh.
A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, other martyrs of the family and for the prosperity of the country. Due to the surge of COVID-19, the programme was observed in an in-house setting while observing health advisory.