DHAKA: Search engine giant Google has created a special doodle marking Bangladesh’s 50th Independence and National Day.
The doodle, featuring five water lilies, has been seen above the search box on the homepage of Google since early Thursday (March 26).
In its message Google said, “Home to the Sundarbans (the world’s largest mangrove forest), as well as Cox’s Bazar (the world’s longest stretch of beach), the People’s Republic of Bangladesh celebrates its independence today.”
It also said an autonomous republic, the nation formerly known as East Pakistan, became Bangladesh 49 years ago. The country then adopted the Shapla or water lily, depicted in the Doodle artwork, as its national emblem and flower.
In honour of the country’s freedom, the Bangladeshi flag proudly flies atop many of its buildings. Featuring a red disk against a green backdrop, the flag of Bangladesh represents the sun rising across the nation’s abundant flora and natural beauty, Google added.
The search engine giant also wished ‘Happy Independence Day, Bangladesh!’
On March 26, 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence following the crackdown on unarmed Banglalees on the midnight of March 25 by the Pakistani occupation forces.
After the nine-month War of Liberation with the supreme sacrifices of three million people, Bangladesh achieved its cherished independence on December 16, 1971.
Bangladesh, however, is observing its 50th Independence Day this year without any programmes in the wake of the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
BDST: 1325 HRS, MAR 26, 2020