Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok celebrated the 44th Anniversary of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh on 26 March with due fervor and festivity.
The programme of the day commenced with the hoisting of the national flag at full mast by Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem in the morning at the Chancery premises. A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the departed soul of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders and the martyrs of liberation war of Bangladesh.
Messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs issued on the occasion were read out by the Ambassador and the other officers of the Embassy.
A discussion session was also organized on the significance of the Day. In her speech, the Ambassador paid rich tribute to the Father of the Nation for his charismatic leadership and personal sacrifice for the independence of Bangladesh.
A Special Supplement commemorating the occasion was brought out in the top English newspaper of Thailand ‘Bangkok Post’ on 26 March. The Thai language newspapers Naew-Na and Daily News also brought out special supplements to mark the occasion.
In the evening, a Reception was held at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul graced the occasion as the ‘Guest of Honour’. Many Thai dignitaries including Mom Rajawong Thepkamol Devakula, Member of the Privy Council to the King of Thailand, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Thai Navy Chief and Deputy Chief, a Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassadors and other members of diplomatic corps, many Heads of Regional and International Organizations based in Bangkok, members of business community including Thai companies and MNCs, academicians, print and electronic media personalities and cultural personalities and Bangladesh community living in Thailand attended the programme.
An art exhibition on artwork of five celebrated women artists of Bangladesh including Rokeya Sultana, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Sulekha Chaudhury was also organized by the Embassy at the same hotel. Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem inaugurated the art exhibition titled ‘SHE: Celebrating women and art of Bangladesh’.
During the Reception, a cultural programme was organized where popular singer Shakila Zafar rendered a Thai song Ton Mai Khong Por, the tree of the father as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand wishing him an early recovery to good health as a token of affection from the people of Bangladesh.
A dance ensemble depicting the civilizational history and harmony of Bangladesh ‘The rhythm and harmony of Bangladesh” by Warda Rihab and her Dhriti Nartanalaya was presented to the audience.
The art exhibition and cultural performance during the National Day Reception was organized for the first time in Bangkok and it was highly appreciated by the audience specially the Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, Member of Privy Council of Thailand, other Thai dignitaries, diplomatic corps, and members of Bangladesh community and raised the image of Bangladesh to the Thai elites and Bangkok-based diplomatic corps.