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Bangladeshi Student Organization Honors International Mother Language Day

Posted: Updated: Feb 27, 2018 06:50 PM
International Mother Language Day has been observed annually since 2000. International Mother Language Day has been observed annually since 2000.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Central Virginia Bengali Association and the Bangladeshi Student Organization at UVA are celebrating International Mother Language Day.

The day is officially held on Feb. 21 to mark when Bangladesh fought Pakistan in 1952 to retain its own language. Organizers say it became an international event years later to celebrate the beauty within different languages.

“We're celebrating it every year just to remember our language and the story behind it and how we fought,” said Rahel Chowdhery, performer in the local Mother Language Day event. “Bangladesh is the only country who actually fought for their language, so today we're actually celebrating language for every country, different languages.”

The celebration featured more than 20 performances that encompassed singing, dancing, and poetry. Dr. William Petri, Chief of the Infectious Disease Division at UVA Health System, was the chief guest. This year's celebration marked the first year of Tanya Rahman and Mahabuba Akhter's Charlottesville event. Mother Language Day is celebrated in over 100 countries.