New York State in the United States will observe Bangladeshi Immigrant Day again this year on September 25 (Saturday), which marks Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech to the United Nations.
State Secretary Alejandra Paulino on Monday published a copy of the proclamation by Governor Andrew Cuomo ahead of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebrations, reports bdnews24.com.
The state senate renewed the resolution when it was placed on Jan 9. It adopted the resolution on Feb 27 last year to recognise the contributions of the Bangladesh-Americans to New York.
Bishawjit Saha, the CEO and founder of the Muktadhara Foundation in New York who had lobbied for the adoption of the resolution, told bdnews24.com that he was leaving for Dhaka to hand the proclamation to the government.
Sponsored by State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, the resolution stated that more than 10,000 Bangladeshis immigrate to the United States annually.
As of 2014, the total number of Bangladeshi immigrants in the United States was approximately 500,000, with more than half residing in New York, according to the resolution.
It noted that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu gave a speech in Bangla at the UN General Assembly for the first time in history on Sept 25 in 1974.