Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday in Bangladesh in 2020

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday in Bangladesh in 2020
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  How long until Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 119 days.
  Dates of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday in Bangladesh
2021 Bangladesh Wed, Mar 17 National Holiday
2020 Bangladesh Tue, Mar 17 National Holiday
2019 Bangladesh Sun, Mar 17 National Holiday
2018 Bangladesh Sat, Mar 17 National Holiday
2017 Bangladesh Fri, Mar 17 National Holiday
  Summary
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a preeminent Bengali nationalist leader of Bangladesh born on 17 March 1920
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When is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday?

This national holiday in Bangladesh is observed on 17th 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 and is popularly known as Bangabandhu ("Friend of Bengal").

The day is also celebrated as National Children's Day.

History of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in Tungipara village on March 17, 1920. He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents - Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.

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 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 Bangabandhu's death is a public holiday in Bangladesh, National Mourning Day.

On this day, the president and the prime minister pay their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu in Tungipara.

The Bangladesh government has announced that 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed as Mujib Year from 17 March 2020 to 17 March 2021.

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