Embassy of Bangladesh celebrates International Mother Language Day

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The Embassy of Bangladesh in Amman commemorates Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day 2022. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Embassy of Bangladesh in Amman on Tuesday organized a day-long discussion and cultural program to commemorate the Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day 2022, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During the ceremony, attended by Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Governor of Amman Yasser Adwan, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the language martyrs, while the ambassadors and diplomats laid wreaths on the Monument of Language Martyrs.

At the outset of a keynote address, Asaduzzaman said that February 21 is a memorable day with deep significance in the socioeconomic, literary, civilization and culture of Bangladesh, as it was the day to establish the political and social rights of the Bengali society.

"As a historically ancient language, Bengali is one of the languages of the world today. With more than 300 million people speaking the language; Bengali has been continuously enriched through the mix of Arabic and other languages, and this mix of language and culture has created excellent links between the people of Bengali and Jordanians," he said.

Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture Ahmed Rashed said that Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and it is one of the official languages of the UN, noting that the International Mother Language Day has created an opportunity to show respect and to preserve all the languages of the world.

Ambassador Nahida Sobhan paid homage to the language martyrs, noting that Bengali was recognized by UNESCO in 1999, based on the application of Bangladesh by the late Ambassador Syed Moazzem Ali for the recognition of February 21 as the International Mother Language Day.

"Mother tongue is one of the elements of peace through which we can build a world of mutual understanding and inclusive society," she said.

At the end of the discussion, various artists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Jordan engaged in a cultural program, where dances and songs were performed with the participation of the National Music Conservatory, Bangladesh Embassy officials and expatriate Bangladeshi children and adolescents. Ekushey's song "Ekushey February painted in my brother's blood" was also performed in Bengali and Arabic.

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