30 Plus Bangladesh Independence Day

30 Plus Bangladesh Independence Day

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of the existence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971.

When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh was part of Bengal, India. It became East Pakistan and was ruled as a country along with West Pakistan.

The independence movement in East Pakistan began in 1949. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan had led to war. India took part in the war in November in support of East Pakistan, and independence was assured within a month (see Bangladesh Victory Day).

Bangladeshis celebrate their national holidays in the capital, Dhaka, with memorable events, boat races on the Buri Ganga and other festivals.

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