Today is the Independance day of Bangladesh and its national day. It commemorates the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan on late hours of 25 March 1971.

The Independence Award, which is bestowed upon Bangladeshi citizens or organizations on the eve of the Independence Day, is the highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh. This annual award, initiated in 1977, is given for substantial contribution for Liberation War, the language movement, education, literature, journalism, public service, science-technology, medical science, social science, music, games and sports, fine arts, rural development, and some other fields.