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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birthday

Public Holiday in Bangladesh

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in Bangladesh on 17 March

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Dates of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday March 17th
2018 Saturday March 17th
2017 Friday March 17th
2016 Thursday March 17th
2015 Tuesday March 17th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a preeminent Bengali nationalist leader of Bangladesh born on 17 March 1920

This national holiday in Bangladesh is observed on 17 March each year.

This holiday may also be known as 'Father of the Nation's birth anniversary' and it commemorates the birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is regarded as the father of the nation of Bangladesh.

History of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in Tungipara on March 17, 1920.

From his days as a student, Rahman developed an interest in politics becoming an influential figure in the Muslim league, which advocated the creation of a separate Islamic state from India.

In the 1970 general elections in Pakistan, the Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an overall majority, but the West Pakistani regime was reluctant to hand over power. The resulting power struggle led to Rahman declaring Bangladesh's independence on 26 March 1971, and marked the start of the war of Independence. In November 1970, India entered the war, supporting East Pakistan. This led to victory for East Pakistan on 16 December 1970

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the became the first President of Bangladesh on 11 April 1971. He took the role of Prime Minister in January 1972. In January 1975, he initiated one party socialist rule, becoming Bangladesh's fourth President.

Rahman and his family were assassinated on 15 August 1975 during a coup by renegade army officers.

The date of his death is a public holiday in Bangladesh, National Mourning Day.


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