President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar in commemorating 47th Independence Day on Monday.
Hamid and Hasina placed the wreaths at the National Memorial at 6am and observed moments of silence, while a contingent from the Army, Navy and Air Force saluted the martyrs.
Cabinet members, justices, top civil and military officials and diplomats were present there.
At daybreak, people from all walks of life started to swarm the venue and paid their respects to the martyrs.
Later in the morning, Hasina paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
She placed another wreath at the portrait of her father and stood in solemn silence there for some time to respect the memory of the architect of the country’s independence.
The celebration started from Dhaka by a gun salute at dawn on Monday. Later, Hasina also joined a gathering of children at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka in the morning.
For the first time this year, the national anthem was sung in Bangladesh and abroad simultaneously at 8am.
Key roads in different cities, including capital Dhaka, were decorated with the portrait of Bangabandhu and photographs of the Liberation War to mark the day.
Embassies in Dhaka also chalked out various events to remember the day.
Many organisations in the district and upazila levels across the country marked the day too.