Celebration of Independence Day
The independence of Bangladesh was declared and the Liberation War began on 26 March 1971 which is celebrated as the Independence Day every year. The people of then-East Pakistan took part in this war to liberate Bangladesh from Pakistan. Independence for Bangladesh was gained through a nine-month civil war against the Pakistani Army, which resulted in the loss of about 3 million lives, the exodus of 10 million refugees and the displacement of 30 million people. The Mukti Bahini (Bengali "freedom fighters") defeated the Pakistani Army on 16 December in the same year, which is celebrated as Victory Day. Thus Bangladesh plunged into a gory war seeking its own birth. Independence Day is commonly associated with parades, fairs, concerts, ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, and traditions of Bangladesh including the paying of respects at Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, the national memorial at Savar near Dhaka. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is conducted in the morning. All schools of Fundacion Intervida celebrated Independence Day with great enthusiasm. To celebrate the day, discussion meeting and cultural program was organized and conducted. Discussion meeting focusing the background history of liberation, about the nature and effect of war and the importance of independence was discussed in a way so that children can understand. At the end of the meeting, a cultural program was held in each school. Cultural program was organized with recitation, dance, short play and music. The most important thing is that the program was organized, conducted and facilitated by the children. It is an example of children participation and empowerment for which Intervida has been working. Attendance on celebration day is remarkable. It is more than 95%.
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