Every year March 16th celebrates the declaration of Bangladesh’s Independence Day, and numerous events are held to commemorate the important date. The biggest state festival, the Independence Day of Bangladesh is observed all over the country. All main cities wear a festive appearance. It is a public holiday. The people living in Dhaka wake up early in the morning to the sound of booming guns heralding the day.
Leaders of the government, political and social organizations, freedom fighters, and ordinary citizens alike place floral wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, and other socio-cultural organizations held cultural functions Sports meets and tournaments were organized including the exciting boat race in the river Buriganga. At night the main public buildings are brightened. Other cities and towns are arranged with the same functions and decoration.