Lisbon, Monday, 07 March 2022
Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon observed the “Historic 7th March Day” in a befitting manner commemorating the iconic speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered on 7th March 1971.
The programme began with the placing of floral wreaths at the mural portrait of the Father of the Nation near main entrance of the Chancery by the officials of the Embassy and leaders of expatriate Bangladesh community. Messages from the Hon’ble President and the Hon’ble Prime Minister, released on the occasion, were then read out by the officials.
At the discussion segment of the programme, the discussants elaborated the significance of this historic speech in the nation's history. In the concluding remarks, the Ambassador Tarik Ahsan paid warm homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Ambassador stated that, through the historic 7th March speech, Bangabandhu called upon the people to prepare themselves for the War of Liberation, as all democratic endeavours for achieving rights of Bangalees were being exhausted. He remarked that the charisma of Bangabandhu’s undisputed leadership and the overwhelming response from the people as seen during the 7th March speech are rare in the world history. This is what prompted UNESCO to include the speech in the ‘Memory of the World Register’ as a documentary heritage of humankind. The Ambassador urge everyone to work toward accelerating the forward journey of Bangladesh’s development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, being imbued with the spirit of 7th March speech and overcoming all impediments through unity and determination.
A video documentary on the “Historic 7th March Speech” was screened after the discussion session.
A special prayer was offered for salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the martyred members of his family, martyrs and valiant freedom fighters of the War of Liberation, and for the peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh. The event was rounded off with serving of traditional Bangladeshi food items for all the guests.