(a) What is the 21st February?/What is the international Mother Language Day? /What is the significance of 21st February?
(b) What is the historical background of our mother tongue day?
(c) What do we do on this day?
(d) How do we celebrate this day?
(e) When was the day declared as International Mother Language Day?
Mother Language means a language that is used by the people of a country to express their ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions. The 21st February is the International Mother Language Day. It is a red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh. Our mother language day has a glorious historical background. The then Pakistani rulers wanted to impose Urdu as the state language upon us instead of Bangle. But the heroic sons of our country protested it. The students brought out a procession on 21st February in 1952 and the police opened fire on the procession and Salam, Jabber, Barkat, Rafiq died on the spot. For this reason, this day is observed as International Mother Language Day. Every year we remember this day with profound respect. On this day, everybody holds a black badge and walk to the Shaheed Minar bare footed. They go there to offer flowers on the altar of the Shaheed Minar to show respect the martyrs. Different social, cultural and political parties observe the day. The day is a government holiday. Bangladesh Betar and various TV channels broadcast special programmes on this occasion. UNESCO declared the day as International Mother Language Day, on November 17 in 1999. The day is very important for the people of Bangladesh. We are proud of this day.