The ‘Bijoyphool Festival (Victory flower festival) and Competition-2019’ was held amid festivity at the auditorium and conference room of Ishwardi Upazila Parishad in Pabna on Thursday. The upazila administration arranged the daylong event. Over 400 students from different primary schools, high schools and colleges of the upazila took part in the competition of ‘Bijoyphool’ making, story writing, poem recitation, drawing, solo acting, film making and singing of patriotic songs and national anthem.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Ishwardi Shihab Rayhan inaugurated the Bijoyphool competition in the morning. The competition ended in the afternoon. Upazila Secondary Education Officer Selim Akhter, Senior Fisheries Officer Shakila Jahan, Additional Agriculture Officer Rukshana Kamrunnahar, Election Officer Jinnat Ara Joly, Social Service Officer Masud Rana, Cooperatives Officer Amzad Hossain, Statistics Officer Abdul Hannan and Academic Superviser Ariful Haque were the jury board members of the competition.
Upazila Secondary Education Officer Selim Akhter told the Bangladesh Post that the competition was held in nine categories and it ended successfully. Over 400 students from various institutions of the upazila took part in the competition. However, the prize giving ceremony will be arranged later.
‘Bijoyphool’ (Victory Flower) is an iconic symbol for the victory of Liberation War which achieved on December 16 in 1971 as the country emerged as an independent nation on the global map on that day. The Bijoyphool programme begins before December 16 as well as the Victory Day.
The Bijoyphool, is one hand, is the remembrance flower of the liberation war, freedom fighters, victory of the people (the sun in the middle). On the other hand, it is a symbol of the country’s green land (the colour of petals ), the bloody sacrifice of people (the colour red at the centre), and the religious and social harmony of people of the country. But the Bijoyphool is also a means as this little green and red flower can be used to tell stories about Bangladesh’s history and tradition, society and culture.