MEMBERS of the Bangladeshi Association of Hastings and Rother celebrated their International Language Day event at a gathering recently.
More than 250 people, from diverse communities, came and joined in dance and sporting activities.
The event was opened by Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Kim Forward, council leader Jeremy Birch, and Sergeant Phil Mears, who all did opening speeches together with the association’s chairman.
The Bangladeshi ladies contributed homemade and delicious food and cakes, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees.
The gathering was to mark 60 years of International Language Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952, when a number of students, including those from the University of Dhaka were killed by Pakistani police in Dhaka during Bengali Language Movement protests.
The Bengali Language Movement was a political effort in Bangladesh, calling for the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of Pakistan.
Last week’s event also marked the launch of the association’s Bangla School.