The 21st February is a a red letter day in our history. It is observed as the Shahid day or mother language day. The Bengalis opposed and prostated this unjust imposition and state language. Some of valiant souls-Rafiq, jabar, salam, barkat were killed. They are the first martyrs in the world for the cause of language.
In recognition of the struggle and sacrifices of the heroic Bengalis, and to promote and sustain every language in the world the UNESCO declare ekushe February as international mother language Day in 1999.