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Bangladesh Independence Day

Public Holiday in Bangladesh

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When is Bangladesh Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 183 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Tuesday March 26th
2018 Monday March 26th
2017 Sunday March 26th
2016 Saturday March 26th
2015 Thursday March 26th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Commemorates the declaration of independence from Pakistan on 26 March 1971 by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

This public holiday in Bangladesh is always celebrated on 26 March.

The holiday celebrates the declaration of the Independence of Bangladesh in 1971. It is the National Holiday of Bangladesh.

History of Bangladesh Independence Day

In 1947, British India was partitioned, creating the 'Dominion of Pakistan', which was two separate regions to the north west and north east of India. The new dominion was governed from West Pakistan, which led to frictions between the two regions, with the first signs of a movement for autonomy for East Pakistan appearing in 1952.

In the 1970 general elections, the Bangla-based Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an overall majority, but the West Pakistani regime was reluctant to hand over power. On 25 March 1970, Pakistani troops were used to quell the growing unrest.

This led to the Independence of Bangladesh being declared by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early morning of 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 (marked by the Victory Day holiday).

On gaining its independence, East Pakistan was renamed Bangladesh.

How is Bangladesh Independence Day celebrated?

The holiday is marked by memorial ceremonies to remember those who lost their lives in the war for independence. In the evening, the main public buildings in the capital, Dhaka are lit up in the national colours.


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