The Central Shaheed Minar of Dhaka, Kolkata Carzon Park, Rabindra Sadan, Bangla Academy and its adjacent areas have had a facelift on the occasion, and roads and medians have been festooned with Bangla alphabets and the Shaheed Minar's Memento.
In Bangladesh the day is a public holiday. The national flag will be hoisted at half-mast atop all government, autonomous and private buildings. Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar one minute past zero hours. Stringent security measures were taken in and around the Dhaka Central Shaheed Minar following yesterday's militant attack in Gazipur and threats of attacks on Ekushey programmes by outlawed militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
UNESCO proclaimed Feb. 21 the International Mother Language Day on 17 November, 1999 to honour the sacrifices of language martyrs Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and the ones whose names could not be known on that historic day in 1952.
Since the UNESCO proclamation, 188 countries across the globe observe the day to promote linguistic diversity, multilingual education, and to raise awareness about cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.