The 41st Homecoming Day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is being observed today recalling her returning home on May 17 in 1981 after a long exile.
President Md Abdul Hamid issued a message on Sunday on the occasion.
Marking the day, various organisations, including the ruling Awami League, usually arrange elaborate programmes throughout the country, but this year the day is being celebrated on a limited scale in view of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
As part of the AL's programme, a two-day documentary exhibition titled "Sheikh Hasina's Four Decades: Indomitable Progress of Changed Bangladesh" was inaugurated on Sunday on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi road number 32.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the exhibition joining it through a videoconference from his official residence here while AL information and research affairs sub-committee arranged it.
AL Advisory Council Member Dr Mashiur Rahman presided over the function virtually while Dhaka University former Vice-Chancellor and chairman of the board of directors of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique joined it virtually as the discussant.
Dhaka City North unit of AL will arrange a discussion at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue at 11am today while AL's Dhaka City South unit will arrange a doa mahfil and discussion at Mahanagar Natyamancha here at 3pm.
Special doa and prayers will also be offered at mosques, temples, churches and pagodas to mark the day.
'Hasina: A Daughter's Tale', a docudrama bringing to life the trials and tribulations of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went through following the assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is set to be rescreened on television channels on her homecoming day today.
The locally and globally acclaimed docudrama will be screened on BTV and BTV World at 3:30 pm on the day while some private television channels will also screen it, said a press release of Centre for Research and Information (CRI) here.
On May 17 in 1981, AL President Sheikh Hasina returned home after six years of exile defying different obstacles of the then government.
Boarding on an aircraft of the Indian Airlines, she reached the then Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka from the Indian capital of New Delhi via Kolkata at 4.30pm on that day four decades back.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975 while his two daughters- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — luckily escaped the brutal assassination as they stayed abroad.
In a national council session of the Awami League on February 14-16 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina was elected as party president in her absence and then she returned to the country on May 17.
"I have returned to the country not to become a leader of the Awami League, rather to participate in the struggle for freedom by staying beside the people," said the AL president in a heart touching reception accorded by nearly 1.5 million people at the airport at that time.
She added: "I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu."