President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday enjoyed the inaugural ceremony ‘Muktir Mahanayak’ (Great Hero of Freedom) of the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman telecast by Bangladesh Television and other TV channels.
The two-hour festivity started with fireworks, marking the moment when Bangabandhu was born on March 17, 1920.
City corporations of Dhaka also organised fireworks at different parts of the capital.
Opening the show, 100 children sang the National Anthem and Dhonno Mujib Dhonno, a song dedicated to the Father of the Nation.
Later, 100 renowned Bangladeshi singers performed the theme song of the ‘Mujib Borsho’ along with Bangabandhu’s youngest daughter Sheikh Rehana.
Along with the speeches of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the programme featured video messages from Nepal's President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al Othaimeen.
Hasina also recited a poem, written by Rehana that depicts the sorrows of a daughter who lost her father.
Later, a pixel mapping, a video display system, and a laser-show took place at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The President also enjoyed programmes at the National Parade Ground, Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and Hatirjheel from 10:30pm to 11:pm.
Hasina launched a souvenir and a commemorative stamp from her official residence Ganobhaban in the afternoon.
President Hamid first received the commemorative post card sent by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the 'Mujib Borsho'.
Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar formally handed over the post card with the logo of "Mujib 100 Year" and a letter of greeting ssigned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the President in the evening.
A two-hour programme was also organised at Tungipara, the birthplace of the Father of the Nation.