Chattogram Foundation New Jersey is set to observe ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day (Shaheed Day) and the International Mother Language Day on Thursday, February 20th evening at Paterson Fireman Hall, 226 Walnut Street, Paterson from evening 6 PM to midnight.
The organization has taken extensive programs to observe the Amar (immortal) Ekushey and International Mother Language Day in a befitting manner. The program includes discussion meetings, Dinner, cultural functions, an art competition for children, placing of wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
Honorable Mayor Andrey Sayegh, City of Paterson will be present as the chief guest at the event while other officials will be present too. In observance of the day –
Paterson City Mayor Andrey Sayegh said ” Paterson is proud of our Bangladeshi population. We are also honored to have a monument to commemorate the preservation of the mother language. The city has taken all measures to observe the day.”
Prospect Park City Mayor T Khairullah, in his message, said: ” On International Mother Language Day, The Borough of Prospect Park is proud to stand in solidarity with our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters as well as members of the international community to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism. We look forward to paying tribute to the memories of Bengali language movement martyrs and the sacrifices made 68 years ago to inspire the development and celebration of the Bengali language, literature, and culture.”
Prospect park City Councilman Anand Shah conveyed his deep respect to the language martyrs and said ” Today, the mother language day is not only the Bangladeshi, but it is also all over the world. We are proud of having the Bangladeshi brothers and sisters with us. ”
Paterson 2nd ward former Councilman Mohammad Akhteruzzaman said” I am proud that I am a Bangladeshi and I speak Bangla. It is my mother tongue. We, the Bangladeshis are the only nation who sacrificed life for language; for establishing the mother tongue. Yes! we can turn every impossible in to possible. My deepest respect for all the martyrs and Bangladeshi. “