Bengali Independence Day is celebrated on 26th March and is a national holiday. It commemorates the country’s declaration of independence from Pakistan, in the late hours of 25th March, 1971, by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The day is commonly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, and traditions of Bangladesh in a befitting manner, including the paying of respect at Jatiyo Sriti Soudho. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is conducted in the morning. The main streets are decorated with national flags, it is a special day for Bangladesh. The Independence Award is also bestowed to Bangladeshi citizens on this auspicious day.