The 71st birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, will be celebrated in the country Thursday.
On this day in 1947, Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa, was born at Tungipara of Gopalganj in Faridpur district.
Like previous years, Awami League and its affiliated organisations will be celebrating the day through organising various humanitarian events and activities and discussions on the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footsteps of her father.
There will also be cultural events and milad and doa mahfils in the capital city and in different parts of the country.
Special prayers at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other religious places across the country will also be offered seeking divine blessings for good health and long life of the premier, who is now in the United States in connection with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. The prime minister will return home on October 5.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader called upon the party leaders, workers, supporters and well-wishers to celebrate the 71st birthday of the premier by arranging different events including special prayers, milad and doa mahfils.
On the 71st birthday of Sheikh Hasina, all the government hospitals and healthcare centres will remain open for two more hours for providing health services for more patients and the people who are in need of necessary health services, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
There will be a special milad and doa mahfil at the Baitul Mukarram national mosque Thursday.
On the day, Dhaka South City Awami League will organise a discussion on the life and achievements of the premier at the Engineers’ Institution in the capital city at 3pm.
Marking the day, the relief and social welfare sub-committee of the Awami League will distribute rickshaw-vans and food among the poor and destitute at Bangabandhu Bhaban at 9am.
Under the same programme, special meals will be distributed to the inmates of Azimpur orphanage and students of different schools in the capital later on the day.
Prominent citizens including educationalists, economists, writers, physicians and cultural personalities have already wished good health and long life of Sheikh Hasina, who is leading the country as the prime minister for the second consecutive five-year term.