The nation is celebrating the 48th Victory Day, marking the day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month blood-stained liberation war.
Forty-seven years back on 16 December in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the father of nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
People from all spheres of life payed their tribute to the martyrs with various programs chalked out by the political parties, administration, educational institutions and so on.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, paid homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to achieve the freedom.
The day is a public holiday. The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.
Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.