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A single candle can illuminate an entire room. A true friend lights up an entire lifetime. Thanks for the bright lights of ur friendship. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

A friend is sweet when it is new. And it is sweeter when it is true. But you know what? It is sweetest when it is u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

A coin is easy to earn, a friend is hard to find. The coin depreciates but a friend appreciates. I lost a coin when I smsed u, but it’s okay because I got u. Wishing A very Happy Friendship Day 2015.

If you open my heart, guess what u r gonna see? It’s U. True friends are hard to find so I kept u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

What is a friend? She looks out 4 u, inspires u, laughs with u, cries with u, understands u, guides u and walks with u. That’s what a friend is… u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

How long shall v b friends? Do u want a clue? As long as stars twinkle in the sky, till the water runs dry & till the day I die. We will b friends. Best & warm wishes on this Happy Friendship Day 2015.

I might run out of cute graphics to send u, but I’ll never run out of this: care 4 u. Take my heartful Friendship Day Wishes 2015.

A friend is a push when you have stopped, a chat when u r lonely, a guide when u r searching, a smile when u r sad, a song when u r glad. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

When ur down, I’ll be there to cheer u up. When ur tired, I’ll be there to lift u up. I’ll be ur friend no matter what! Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Friends are like mango… you’ll never know which is sweet and which is not. Well I’m lucky coz I was able to find the sweetest mango in U! Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Time & distance are important between friends. When a friend is in ur heart, they remain there forever. I may be busy, but I assure u, u are always in my heart! Happy Friendship Day 2015.

50 years from now, I’d be so old I might forget u. I might not remember ever knowing u, or might forget I once cared for u. I might.. but I won’t. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Do u ever recall the first day we met? R first hello? The day we became friends? Well, I do and I will always remember. For that very day, I knew I’d cherish u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Some friends are remembered because of their smile. Some friends are remembered because of their style. But u are remembered because u r so nice to remember. Take my Happy Friendship Day 2015 wishes.

I won’t promise to be ur friend forever, coz I won’t live that long. But let me be ur friend as long as I live. Many many Happy Friendship Day 2015.

I admit I’ll never be the perfect friend. I’ll never be there always. I may not make u smile at times but there is one thing I admit I could do. To be the person I could be for u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Thank you for touching my life in ways u may never know. My riches do not lie in material wealth but in having friends like u – a precious gift from God! Happy Friendship Day 2015.

I always thought loving someone is the greatest feeling, but I realized that loving a friend is even better. We lose people we love, but v never lose true friends. Best wishes on Happy Friendship Day 2015.

If one day u feel like crying, call me. I can’t promise to make u laugh, but I’m willing to cry with u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

1 tree can start a forest, one smile can start a friendship. 1 touch can show u care, one friend can make life worth living 4. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

True friends are like Diamonds… they are real & rare. False friends r like leaves… they r scattered everywhere. Let’s celebrate together … Happy Friendship Day 2015.

A good friend is like a computer; me ‘enter’ ur life, ‘save’ u in my heart, ‘format’ ur problems, ‘shift’ u 2 opportunities & never ‘delete’ u from my memory! Happy Friendship Day 2015.

I believe in angels, the kind that heaven sends. I’m surrounded by angels but I call them my best friends. Happy Friendship Day 2015 to my angel friend.

We gain & lose things every day. But trust me on 1 thing: U WILL NEVER LOSE ME! I will always b there as a friend! Happy Friendship Day 2015 and forever.

A true friend is someone who reaches for ur hand & touches ur heart. Happy Friendship Day 2015.


A ring is round & has no end…. & that’s how long I’ll be ur friend. Best wishes on Happy Friendship Day 2015.


A friend is never a coincidence in ur life, they r meant to enter ur life to bring u joy & laughter. So, i will treasure the friendship between us. Enjoy Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Friends r like stars. u can’t always see them, But u know they are always there 4 you… Happy Friendship Day 2015 to my STAR!

Never abandon old friends. They r hard 2 replace. Friendships is like wine: it gets BETTER as it grows OLDER. Just like us… i get BETTER, u get OLDER. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

If U need a friend and there are a hundred steps between us, u can take the 4th step to get near me and i will take all 99 step to be there for u. Happy Friendship Day 2015.


6 rules to be HAPPY: Free ur heart from hatred; Free ur mind from worries; Live simply; Expect less; Give more & Always have ME as UR FRIEND. Happy Friendship Day 2015.

Side by side or miles apart, dear friends r always close 2 the heart. Take my friendship wishes 2015.

A best friend is somebody who knows every last thing about u, yet still manages to like u anyway. Happy Friendship Day 2015.


A true friend is one who overlooks ur failures and tolerates ur successes. Happy Friendship Day 2015.


Life without friendship is like the sky without sun. Happy Friendship Day 2015 to my SUN/SKY!


The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. Happy Friendship Day 2015 & keep bonded.


There is a big difference between friendship and a rose… Roses last only a while … but friendship is for ever. Happy Friendship Day forever.

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver the other gold. Keep me in ur prayers & take my Happy Friendship Day 2015 wishes.

Feel good when somebody Miss u. Feel better when somebody Loves u. But feel best when somebody never 4gets us. Happy Friendship Day 2015 to all friends.


If u r a chocolate ur the sweetest, if u r a Teddy Bear u r the most huggable, If u r a Star u r the Brightest, and since u r my “FRIEND” u r the “BEST”!!!!!!!!! Happy Friendship Day 2015!!!

If you are in trouble, If you need a hand, Just call my number, because I’m ur friend! Happy Friendship Day 2015!


There r many stars but the moon is u, there are many friends but the best is u,, To forget me that’s up to u,,, To forget u I will never ever do. Let’s RoCk the Friendship Day 2015!

On a silent night when friend r few, i close my eyes and think of u, a silent nite, a silent tear, a silent wish, dat u were here! Friendship Day or not .. always there for u!

Stars have 5ends, squares have4 ends, triangles have3 ends, lines have2 ends, life has1 end, but i hope r friendship has no end. Feel our FriEnDsHiP FoReEvEr.

Sometimes, I forget to say hi,
Sometimes, I even miss to reply,
Sometimes, my msg doesn’t reach u,
But, it doesn’t mean that I forget u,
I’m just giving u time to miss me!
Happy Friendship Day 2015

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Oscar 2012: 84th Academy Awards Results, Fashion, Photos, Videos


Oscar 2012: 84th Academy Awards Results, Fashion, Photos, Videos


Oscar 2012

Welcome to the Osecar 2012, th 84th Academy Awards. Join us for Oscar 2012 live streaming TV telecast, updates, film geekery and fashion sniping throughout the day. All times AEDT.

Oscar 2012 Results – Final List:

  1. BEST PICTURE – The Artist

  2. BEST DIRECTOR – Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  3. BEST ACTOR – Jean Dujardin – The Artist

  4. BEST ACTRESS – Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

  5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Plummer – Beginners

  6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Octavia Spencer – The Help

  7. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – A Separation – Iran


  9. BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

  10. BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

  11. BEST ART DIRECTION – Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

  12. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Hugo – Robert Richardson

  13. BEST SOUND MIXING – Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

  14. BEST SOUND EDITING – Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

  15. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

  16. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – The Artist – Ludovic Bource

  17. BEST COSTUMES – The Artist – Mark Bridges



  20. BEST FILM EDITING – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

  21. BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore


  23. BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

  24. BEST MAKE-UP – The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland

Here’s a reminder of the Oscar 2012 nominations in the top categories.

Best Picture of Oscar 2012

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best actor of Oscar 2012

  • Demián Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best actress of Oscar 2012

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best supporting actress of Oscar 2012

  • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best actor in a supporting role of Oscar 2012

  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best director of Oscar 2012

  • Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

3.40pm And that’s a wrap folks! While The Artist may have triumphed on stage, the web is saying there was a different frontrunner at the ceremony – Angelina Jolie’s right leg.

Jolie’s lengthy pin now has it’s own Twitter page @AngiesRightLeg which is posting messages like, “Leg here!” and “Look at meeee!!” and “Don’t forget about me!!” There were 2,000-plus followers even before Jean Dujardin was named best actor! It’s now approaching 5,500.

If that’s not enough, here’s the ten best pictures of the show-stopping limb.


 3.38pm Winning Best Picture, The Artist becomes the little silent film that could.

It will now be known as the “Adele of The Oscars”.


84th Academy Awards Show

3.29pm A deserving Meryl Streep takes out Best Actress. If Streep was to have lost, she would have suffered her 15th defeat, but tonight is her night

“When they called my name, I had a feeling I could hear all of America going ‘oh no, cmon, her?’ But whatever.”



3.18pm  Natalie Portman presents the award for Best Actor. Jean Dujardin steals the statue from George Clooney’s hot little hands. His first words:

“I love your country”

In Dujardin’s entire performance he spoke just two words – “thank” and “you” – so it is fitting that he uses them again tonight, and several times over



3.01pm With a slow, sweet version of What a Wonderful World, Esperanza Spalding sings over the black-and-white images of the men and women who died over the past year, including Steve Jobs, Tim Hetherington, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor and Whitney Houston.

2.51pm Best Director goes to Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

2.35pm The Bridesmaids cast are on stage to prove women can be funny – but they probably didnt need to use penis jokes and swig from liquor bottles to prove it this time. We all saw the movIE!

2.28pm Woody Allen couldn’t be there to accept his award for best original screenplay, surprise surprise. He wins for Midnight in Paris

2.25pm Angelina Jolie looks FIERCE presenting the award for Adapted Screenplay to The Descendants. She’s got a split that almost goes right up to her navel and she’s not hiding it. She thrusts a leg out to distract everyone from her incredibly monotone delivery.

2.20pm There are only two nominees for Best Original Song and after much dropping of the cymbals by Will Ferrell and Zach Galiafianakis, Man or Muppet, from The Muppets wins. Miss Piggy will be carrying on like a pork-chop after that news…

2.15pm Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson introduce the award for Original Score – not much to say here really except for The winner? The Artist!

2.05pm For any Perez-heads out there who are interested in his opinion of the ceremony, here it is:

Zzzzz! Falling asleep! #Oscars

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 27, 2012

2.00pm At the age of 82, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest actor EVER to win an Oscar! Wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He looks at the golden statuette (which turns 84 this year) and says:

“Youre only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?”

1.52pm Steve Carrell gets all funny like with The Muppets cameo:

Miss Piggy gets my bacon frying.

— Steve Carrell (@SteveCareII) February 27, 2012

 1.47pm He’s Chris Rock and his gags bite.

In animation you can be anyone you want to be. If you’re a white man, you can be an Arabian prince. If you’re a black man, you can be a talking donkey.

It almost doesn’t matter that Rango wins the Oscar for best animated feature.

Meanwhile, even Eddie Murphy is having his say, on how he compares to er, himself:

Chris Rock will never live up to Eddie Murphy #Oscars

— Eddie Murphy ® (@_EddieMurphy_) February 27, 2012

1.44pm Robert Downey Jr is filming a reality TV show – The Presenter. It involves a lot of bickering with Gwyneth Paltrow. “What you’re doing is disrespectful,” says Gwynnie. Downey Jnr’s reply:

“I turned down The Descendants to prep for this”

Hit! They’re also handing out the award for best documentary feature. It goes to Undefeated. The film-makers like to swear. Talking of swearing Chris Rock is up next.

1.40pm Cirque du Soleil are on. Their performance is the largest cast the Academy has ever assembled for a single act. Providing the music is Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman (Batman, SPider-man, The Simpsons). This is second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast and all I can say is – wow! But where are ther monkeys? I want flying monkeys.

1.32pm Ali: An Aussie gets up! Kirk Baxter (who won last year for The Social Network) clearly did’t have a speech prepared but he saved it with this:

“Lets get outta here – we’re editors”

1.29pm The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo claims the award for best editing. No film is dominating the field yet.

Oops, I spoke too soon. Best sound editing Oscar goes to Hugo. Very weird acceptance speech – I’d like to thank everyone who has been born and hasn’t been born. Someone’s going to regret that one.

Best sound mixing goes to Hugo. A lot of screaming from the crowd (where’s a good sound mixer when you need one). So that’s Hugo out in front but will it have to make do with the technical awards?

1.25pm Billy Crystal to George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Kiebler:

“You’re a lucky girl – he’s a very good kisser”

1.22pm Crystal introduces the first skit. Found footage of the first focus group’s reaction to the Wizard of Oz. It looks as if this one has been written by Christopher Guest and co. Guest is best known for Spinal Tap. A lot of jokes about monkeys and who doesn’t like monkeys?

1.17pm Spencer is the first victim of the dreaded time checkers.

“Please wrap up? I’m wrapping up, I’m freaking out. Oh God, I’m sorry.”

1.09pm Batman is presenting the best supporting actress statue. Ooo, he’s dark, moody and all British. The winner is …. Octavia Spencer, as expected. Standing ovation from the crowd. Here come the tears.

1.08pm Best foreign language film is A Separation. Good call. It’s a great film.

1.04pm Now we have a bunch of stars talking about the magic of movies but it’s coming across like a political advert or plea for money. Baaad.

1.00pm A bunch of other awards have been given out to people who aren’t important. Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup goes to The Iron Lady, presumably for making Thatcher look like a human being.

The Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design goes to The Artist, so right back at ya Scorsese.

12.45pm Tom Hanks gives out the first award, for cinematography. The nominees are The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

And the Oscar goes to Hugo. That’s one for Scorsese. Nothing for the rest of the field.

And he’s still on. Giving out the Oscar for best art direction now. The nominees are: The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris and War Horse.

The winner…. Hugo. In your face, The Artist.

12.35pm Crystal is making much of the fact that he’s an old has-been. Two minutes in and he’s already singing. And it sucks. Bring on The Muppets … Actually, bring on Eddie Murphy. At least he only sings when he’s a donkey.

12.30pm The show begins. Billy Crystal has inserted himself into scenes from the best picture nominees. The best gag so far – a kiss from George Clooney.

This one’s pretty good too:

“We’re here at the Chapter 11 Theatre”

12.00pm Kristen Wiig in yet another Nudie dress, why does she hate colour?

Kristen Wiig

Gwynnie tweeted this pic from inside the limo:

Gwyneth Paltrow

11.51am Emma Stone turns up in Nicole Kidman’s Oscar dress from 2007.. what a faux pas! Perez Hilton calls it a “serious fashion fail”.

Emma Stone Nicole Kidman

11.45am This is your last chance to see Octavia Spencer’s chest before she treats herself to the celebratory boob-lift she spoke about last week. In other news, she’s looking stunning in Tadashi Shoji.

Jonah Hill brought his mum as his date. Bless.

Jonah Hill and mum

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera and a fake bun …

Tina Fey

11.31am Ryan Seacrest dares to interviews Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. The interview finishes when the actor spills an urn containing Kim Jong Il’s “ashes” all over his suit”. But more importantly, what is Cohen wearing?

“I’m wearing John Galiano, but the socks are from K-mart. Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don’t waste money”.

11.25am There’s a lot of debate over exactly what colour the My Week With Marilyn star is wearing. She’s called it coral, others have called it red. The peplum silhouette looks perfect on her.

Michelle Williams

Rooney Mara in WHITE! She’s shunned her usual black. But people aren’t talk about her gown, theyre talking about her brows.

Rooney Mara

Maya Rudolph in looks stunning in plum Johanna Johnson, but there was a little too much talk about shapewear! We don’t need to know what’s under that thing! Meanwhile, she spills her secret on how to survive the red carpet:

Maya Rudolph

Meanwhile, Bret McKenzie, who’s one half of Flight of the Choncords is getting some air time.

Bret Mckenzie

11.15am Sacha Baron Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen is here – perhaps not the best time to roll out a p***-take of Middle-Eastern dictators when Syria’s tyrannical President Assad is slaughtering hundredd of his own people daily.

Sacha Baron-Cohen

10.59am Comedian Albert Brooks was snubbed by the Academy despite winning over almost veryone else who matters with his menacing turn in Drive. He’s on Twitter and being funny.

I was not on Twitter last year at this time so let me wish The Kings Speech the very best of luck.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) February 26, 2012

10.50am Russell Crowe, a man not known for subtlety is keeping his mouth shut about the Oscars. On his account he’s talking to Bryan Adams.

10.42am Viola Davis is a vision in green, sporting some serious squoobs AND her natural hair by “Hair by Mae Alice Davis” (her mum!)

Meanwhile, there’s a lot of praise floating on the Twittersphere for her wigless do:

Viola Davis + natural hair at the Oscars = a proud moment for black womanhood. Viola, thank you from the bottom of my scalp.

— Sonya Ross (@sonyagal) February 26, 2012

10.35am Melissa McCarthy knocks it out of the park. She’s changed her look completely, the colour and beadwork on this dress is perfect combination. Best she’s looked all season, I say.

Melissa McCarthy

10.32am We’re used to seeing Jessica Chastain in pastels and blues, but she’s mixed it up for the Oscars with a tricky gold and copper print on black. It’s a difficult one to pull off, but this girl doesn’t need any Help.

Jessica Chastain

10.28am Meanwhile, George Clooney has turned up with Stacey in tow – take that rumour mill! This couple is still kicking it. Clooney says she’s delighted with his nomination:

“I figure if I get hit by a bus today, I did ok.”

Comedian Kathy Griffin reckons Stacy has a strategy:

Clooneys girlfriend is dressed LIKE AN OSCAR! Strategy people!!!

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 26, 2012

10.25am Our own Rose Byrne could turn up in a paper bag and look stunning, she’s gone for a hat-trick combination of a Vivienne Westwood gown, Jimmy Choo heels and Chanel jewels – what a designer threesome! Black sequins are the new black.

Rose Byrne


Rose Byrne

10.22amMilla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.


Mila Jovovich

And here are some other stars wearing expensive clothes they have been paid to wear (if only real people’s lives were like that). They are: Guiliana Rancic and Sarah Hyland.


Guiliana Rancic

Sarah Hyland dons regal purple – age appropriate and very pretty. This Modern Family starlet hasn’t put a foot wrong this awards season


Sarah Hyland

10.22am Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.


10.17am Do you remember Penelope Anne Miller? There’s no reason you should, because she was last a star almost 20 years ago in Carlito’s Way. She’s back now, riding on The Artist’s wave of popularity, in which she stars.


Penelope Anne Miller

10.00am You want pics of celebrities on a red carpet. Then today is your lucky day. Enjoy.


Metal Detector


Red Carpet


Kelly Osbourne

9.50am The most highly anticipated fashion reveal on the red carpet today? It’s not Angelina, it’s not Michelle, Gwyneth or Meryl. It’s the muppet’s resident fashionista, Miss Piggy. The porcine actress has confirmed she is a happy as a pig in the proverbial after being dressed for the evening by the magnificent Zac Posen:

“Moi will wear a trés fabulous dress designed especially for moi by Zac. It’s a magnificent creation, just like moi. The theme for my dress is ‘Wow! as in ‘Wow, nobody else could pull that off except Miss Piggy. It’s designed to catch your eye, and make George, Brad and Kermie drool all over me.”

9.45am Could this be a little hint as to who Posh has been busy styling?

Happy Oscar day! Excited to see what Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams will wear x vb

— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) February 26, 2012

9.35am Over to you Ali. Ryan Seacrest has just confirmed Sacha Baron Cohen WILL be attending the ceremony as the dictator to terrorise the red carpet.. Can’t wait to see the bearded tyrant unleashed!

Just confirmed I will be interviewing the dictator today…trying to figure out what the heck to ask him, ideas?? #eredcarpet

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 26, 2012

9.30am Talking of nudity, here’s when the Oscars did it with taste. Over to you David Niven:

9.25am So why has the Academy turned to some old geezer who was last funny on screen in 1991? Because it was staring down the barrel of a public relations nightmare after the man hired to host the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, walked at the 11th hour. Murphy, another comedian who hasn’t been funny on screen for even more years than Crystal (Shrek doesn’t count), walked because the man hired to produce the Oscars, Brett Ratner, said “rehearsing was for fags” and then subsequently wrote this open letter to the entertainment industry:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.

So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely, Brett Ratner

Murphy, who obviously makes his movies the heterosexual way, by winging it, decided he couldn’t work for a producer who might make him rehearse and followed his mate Ratner out the door. Names of possible replacement hosts tossed around by the Academy included Ricky Gervais, Steve Martin and the bloke who plays Barney in How I Met Your Mother. They even considered hiring a bunch of Muppets, quite literally. Why? Because last year’s hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, two names the Academy thought would persuade bored teenagers that award shows are COOOL, bombed (yes, remember Franco in the Marilyn Monroe dress?). Even Franco hated his performance and immediately afterwards took to Twitter to rip into the show’s producers and writers. In the end, it being Hollywood and original ideas being few on the ground, they picked Crystal.

So we can only dream what kind of show Ratner and Murphy would have given us. Actually, it would have been exactly like this one but with less rehearsing and more tits and ass (see Ratner’s back catalogue if you don’t believe me).

8.50am So, let’s talk about Billy Crystal. Time and botox has not been kind, and it would be better for all concerned if he had aged gracefully into something like this:


Miracle Max

Rather than this:


Billy Crystal

If you’re anywhere near the age of’s target demographic, you’ll be wondering who this Billy Crystal is. To all those who don’t have access to imdb, Billy Crystal is the bloke in that film about Meg Ryan faking orgasms in cafes. You know, When Sex and the City Met Hugh Grant. Billy Crystal is also Oscars royalty.

He has hosted the awards show eight times, second only to Bob Hope’s 18 stints, and joked that he’s only doing it this year “so the young woman in my local pharmacy will stop having to ask my name when I pick up my prescriptions”.

His trademark is inserting himself into clips of the best picture nominees, which may have got giggles in 1990 but seems pretty lame in 2012. Here are a couple of videos of his greatest Oscar moments for those who want to get a taste of what we’re in for over the next few hours.

8.15am A study published by the LA Times last week chips further gold off the little statue. Your average Oscar voter is a white, middle-aged man and the film tastes of white middle-aged men veer towards the conservative, which is why films like Driving Miss Daisy, A Beautiful Mind and Forrest Gump win awards and not Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane and Blade Runner.

And if that doesn’t convince you that the Oscars are a sham, then the answer to this question posed by the LA Times should:

Of the following people, which ones are eligible to vote at the Oscars – Woody Allen, George Lucas, Meat Loaf and Chips actor Erik Estrada?

The answer: Meat Loaf and Erik Estrada. Yes, you read that right. Not Woody Allen or George Lucas, two of the most influential film-makers of the past three decades, but the man who’ll do anything for love but won’t do that and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.

8.00am If you think the films up for best picture don’t exactly scream quality, then you’ll get a kick out of the following rant. If you loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, then it’s best you skip this. In fact, don’t. Because you need to be taught a lesson. By grumpy film critic Mark Kermode. And for all those unfamiliar with Kermode, watch him take apart Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

In Kermode’s excellent book The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex he scorns the idea that the Oscars are a serious indicator of quality cinema around the world:

All you really need to know about the Oscars is that they’re the awards that didn’t give a Best Picture Gong to Citizen Kane but did give one to Driving Miss Daisy. Just think about that for a moment, and try to imagine a world in which Driving Miss Daisy really was the best film you were going to see all. Be honest. You’d throw yourself off a bridge, wouldn’t you?

He says the problem is how the Oscar-winners and nominees are picked. What is supposed to happen is the members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are supposed to watch all the movies released in the US in the past year and cast their vote. But this is what actually happens: “Most of thenm can’t actually be bothered to wade through all those boring movies, most of which they imagine are probably utter crap.” To make things worse, voters “have become content to allow the initial selection process to be conducted on their behalf by a bunch of unaccountable drunken bozos – the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”.

Kermode accuses the HFPA, or Backhanders as I like to call them although our lawyers will probably object, of nominating films for Golden Globes solely based on which celebrities they’d like to hang out with that year. It’s a gag Ricky Gervais made while presenting the Globes last year and hinted at this year, which shows you the HFPA loves celebrities even when they’re insulting them.

Kermode goes onto argue that “since Academy members don’t have time to watch all the eligible releases, they tend to wait until the Golden Globes shortlist is announced and then make their selection from that random field. Thus a group of toadying numbskills effectively get to control the first stage of Oscar voting.”

And that’s why annoyingly cloy rubbish like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gets nominated.

7.45am And here’s what a bunch of kids think about the best picture Oscar (Marky Mark, I don’t mean you):

7.40am It’s time for me to lay my cards on the table and tell you my predictions (plus tell you who I think should win).

Best picture

Will win: The Artist

Should win: The Artist. Michel Hazavanicius’s celebration of Hollywood’s past has been dismissed as a piece of cinematic fluff but is fluff a bad thing? The Artist is a clever, beguiling and thoroughly enjoyable piece of fluff. Honourable mention to Drive, which didn’t get nominated but is our second favourite film of the year (you’ll never get into a lift with Ryan Gosling again).

Best director

Will win: Michel Hazavanicius

Should win: Michel Hazavanicius, for making fluff with wit and flair.

Best actor

Will win: Jean Dujardin (sorry George, we don’t think it’s your night.

Should win: Gary Oldman for his melancholy spy George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but the man who should win isn’t even on the list – Michael Fassbender, whose performance as a sex addict in Shame was the best of the year.

Best actress

Will win: Meryl Streep

Should win: Meryl Streep, although as a Scot who lived through the worst excesses of Thatcherism, it pains me to write it.

Best supporting actress

Will win: Octavia Spencer

Should win: Melissa McCarthy. For this line: “It’s coming out of me like lava!” In fact, it’s a crime that Bridesmaids doesn’t feature in the best picture, best director and best actress categories.

Best supporting actor

Will win: Christopher Plummer

Should win: Again, the man who should win is not even on the list because the Academy can’t get its head around motion capture performance. Andy Serkis’s Caesar, the smart chimp with a very big grudge, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is nothing short of brilliance. And if you think it is all just special effects, then maybe this video will change your mind:


7.30am Someone on tumbler has tried to do the same thing with pictures of babies but it’s not as funny. See what I mean:


Baby artist


The Artist

And someone with too much time on their hands has reduced the best picture nominees to infographics. Here’s a taste:


7.00am It’s impressive list, but who has time watch everything on it? Not lazy armchair pundits so movie site has conjured up a fun guide to the big films vying for the golden statue. Here are some of them:











6.30am If previous awards are anything to go by, The Artist is the film to beat. It’s certainly the most feel-good film of the year, and feel-good films play well with Academy voters, especially feel-good films made by and starring foreigners (see Life is Beautiful, Cinema Paridiso, La Vie en Rose, anything directed by Lasse Hallstrom).


6.00am It’s Oscar day today. In just a matter of hours we’ll know whether The Artist becomes the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1929. Back then the awards were a different affair. No tweets, no TV cameras, no Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and possibly no Billy Crystal. In fact, the ceremony was over in 15 minutes flat, with the list winners published three months earlier in the LA Times, all bad if you enjoy watching glamorous people sweat on live TV at the mere sight of a Golden Envelope.

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Download 21 February Ekushey HD Wallpapers

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Ekushey February Poems: Dedicated to 1952 Language Movement


Ekushey February Poems: Dedicated to 1952 Language Movement


Ekushey February Poems

The Language Movement had a major cultural impact on Bengali society. It has inspired the development and celebration of the Bengali language, literature and culture. 21 February, celebrated as Language Movement Day or Shohid Dibosh (Martyrs’ Day), is a major national holiday in Bangladesh.

A month-long event called the Ekushey Book Fair is held every year to commemorate the movement. Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, is awarded annually in memory of the sacrifices of the movement.Songs such as Abdul Gaffar Choudhury’s Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano, set to music by Shaheed Altaf Mahmud, as well as plays, works of art and poetry played a considerable role in rousing the people’s emotions during the movement. Since the events of February 1952, poems, songs, novels, plays, films, cartoons and paintings were created to capture the movement from varied point of views.

Notable artistic depictions include the poems Bornomala, Amar Dukhini Bornomala and February 1969 by Shamsur Rahman, the film Jibon Theke Neya by Zahir Raihan, the stage play Kobor by Munier Chowdhury and the novels Ekushey February by Raihan and Artonaad by Shawkat Osman.Bangladesh officially sent a proposal to UNESCO to declare 21 February as “International Mother Language Day.” The proposal was supported unanimously at the 30th General Conference of UNESCO held on 17 November 1999.

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বর্ণমালা ও বর্ণমালা

শেখ আতাউর রহমান

কোথায় আমার অ আ ক খ কোথায় বর্ণমালা
ইতিউতি খুঁজি আমি কোথায় যে পাঠশালা
সে যে জড়িয়ে আছে ছড়িয়ে আছে তামাম বাংলাদেশে
বুঝি অবশেষে।

নানু-দাদুর শুভ্র দাড়ি
শাপলা বিলে সারিসারি
সাদা বকের পালক
দুরন্ত এক বালক
এদের মাঝে খুঁজে পেলাম আমার বর্ণমালা
লালন ফকির হাছনরাজা জারিগানের পালা
আমার বর্ণমালা।

বৈচিফলের মালা
গৈ-গেরামের ছোট ছোট চালা
হরিয়ালের সবুজ
হয়ো নাকো অবুঝ
কাশবনের দুলুনিতে বর্ণমালা হাসে
বর্ণমালা ছড়িয়ে আছে বিশাল নীলাকাশে
বর্ণমালা দেখি আমি লাল শিমুলের বেশে
বর্ণমালা তুমি জড়িয়ে আছো বেহুলার মেঘবরণ কেশে।

ধান শালিকের দেশ
কি অনন্ত অশেষ
ডাহুক ডাকা ভোর
কি গভীর মায়াডোর
বর্ণমালা বল এবার কোথায় ভুবনডাঙা
তোমার জন্য প্রাণ দিলো যে পথটি হলো রাঙা
রাঙা পথে জয়ের চিহ্ন এলো রাঙা বেশে
বুঝি অবশেষে।

বর্ণমালা বর্ণমালা মুখটি তুলে চাও
সোনার ছেলে শহীদ হলো অশ্রু মুছে দাও।

বর্ণমালা তুমি আসো শিমুল ফাল্গুনে
আমের মুকুল যখন ফোটে ভোমরা গুনগুনে
আসো রঙিন বেশে
এই দুঃখি বাংলাদেশে
ষোলো কোটি ঠোঁটেমুখে জীবন্ত যে তুমি_ বুঝি অবশেষে।

স্মৃতির মিনার

উত্তম মিত্র

মায়ের ভাষা প্রাণের ভাষা
প্রিয় সবার কাছে
এই ভাষাতে যুদ্ধ জয়ের
গল্পগাথা আছে।

মায়ের ভাষায় কথা বলা
এই অধিকার কেনা
বাংলা ভাষার বর্ণমালা
তাইতো বড়োই চেনা।

মায়ের ভাষায় কি যে জাদু
নিত্য-সুখের গল্প ছড়া গান
এই ভাষারই জন্যে সালাম
রফিক দিলো প্রাণ।

ভাই হারানোর কি যে ব্যথা
হৃদয় মাঝে ক্ষত
ভাষা আমার খুন রাঙালো
রক্তজবার মতো।

রক্তে কেনা একুশ তারিখ
ভাষার গন্ধে মাখা
বীর শহীদের স্মৃতির মিনার
বুকের ভেতর আঁকি।

একুশ আমার

মানিক চক্রবর্তী

একুশ আমার রক্তে ভেজা
মায়ের মুখের ভাষা,
একুশ আমার স্বপ্ন প্রদীপ
আলোর মিছিল খাসা।

একুশ এলে বুকে বাজে
রাগ রাগিনীর সুর।
একুশ এলে মায়ের কান্না
হৃদয় ভেঙে চুর।

একুশ মানে রাঙা ফাগুন
পলাশ ফুলে ফুলে,
শহীদ মিনার যাই ছুটে যাই
সকল বাধা ভুলে।

মুখের ভাষা

মানিক মোহাম্মদ রাজ্জাক

মুখের ভাষায় বলবো কথা মুখের ভাষায় হাসবো
এই ভাষাতে আকাশ জুড়ে ইচ্ছে মতো ভাসবো
মুখের ভাষার রং তুলিতে ফুলের ছবি অাঁকবো
প্রজাপতির ডানায় ডানায় মন মাতিয়ে থাকবো

মুখের ভাষায় বোনের কাছে বর্ণমালা শিখবো
এই ভাষারই শব্দ দিয়ে ছন্দ-ছড়াও লিখবো
মুখের ভাষার জ্ঞান গরিমায় বিশ্ব জুড়ে ঘুরবো
চাঁদ পেরিয়ে মঙ্গলেরও বিরান বনে উড়বো

মুখের ভাষা মায়ের ভাষা সবুজ শ্যামল দেশ
এই ভাষাতেই নৃত্য করে নিত্য পরিবেশ
মুখের ভাষায় বোষ্টুমি আর বাউল করে গান
পুঁথি পড়ে শোনায় দাদু গৌরবের আখ্যান

মুখের ভাষার জন্যে আমার ভাই হয়েছে লাশ
ভাইকে ভোলার মতো কারো নেই তো অবকাশ।

মাতৃভাষা বাংলা আমার

বদরুল হায়দার

মাতৃভাষা বাংলা আমার
বিশ্বজুড়ে গর্ব যাহার
বাঙালির আজ বাংলা ভাষা
সব ভাষাতেই অহংকার।

ষড় ঋতুর সরস বাহার
বারো মাসের মিল সমাহার
সব ভাষাতেই বাংলা ভাষার
জয় ধ্বনি হয় ভালোবাসার।

মাতৃভাষায় সব ভরসা
আদর সোহাগ স্বপ্ন আশা।
সব প্রগতির সূক্ষ্ম চাষা
মাও মাটির প্রেম পিপাসা।

বাংলা ভাষা

শাহানারা রশীদ ঝরনা

আতা গাছে কুটুম পাখি শিমুল গাছে টিয়ে
আহা কী যে গর্ব আমার বাংলা ভাষা নিয়ে
এই ভাষাতে গল্প, গান ও লিখি অনেক ছড়া
বর্ণমালা যেন আমার মায়ের আদর ভরা
ঘুম পাড়ানি আন্নামাসি যখন শ্লোক কাটে
তখন আমার মনটা হারায় সবুজ রোদের মাঠে
ইচ্ছেগুলো ছন্দে তালে নৃত্য করে সুখে
বাংলা ভাষায় মুখর বাতাস তৃপ্তি ছড়ায় বুকে
ফোটে অশোক কৃষ্ণচূড়া আগুন লাগে ডালে
ভাটির সুরের কাঁপন লাগে মাঝির রঙিন পালে
সোনার কাঠি, রুপোর কাঠি কিংবা বাঁশের বাঁশি
সকল কিছুর চেয়েও আমি বাংলা ভালোবাসি
বাংলা আমার ঝিনুক বুকে মুক্তো মানিক হীরে
তাইতো আমি স্বপ্ন আঁকি এই ভাষাকে ঘিরে।

ভাইয়ের রক্তে আঁকা

রইস মনরম

বাংলা ভাষা গানের পাখি
দোয়েল কোয়েল শ্যামা,
বাংলা ভাষা প্রাণের পাখি
প্রাণ জাগালো যে মা।

বাংলা ভাষা মায়ের আদর
স্নেহের পরশ মাখা,
বাংলা আমার মাতৃভাষা
ভাইয়ের রক্তে আঁকা।


রহমান আজিজ

বীর বাঙালি বীরের জাতি
প্রমাণিত বিশ্বে
ভাষার জন্য রক্ত দিছি
তাই তো আমরা শীর্ষে

মায়ের ভাষা মুখে নিয়ে
বীরের মতো লড়েছি
মায়ের ভাষার অধিকার তো
আমরাই রক্ষা করেছি।

মাতৃভাষার স্বীকৃতি আজ
আন্তর্জাতিক হয়েছে
বাঙালিদের উন্নত শির
রক্তে লেখা রয়েছে।

একটি মহান একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি

মিতুল সাইফ

আমরা বুকের রক্তে লিখেছি
বাংলা ভাষার গান
বর্ণমালার অক্ষরগুলো
ভাষা শহীদের দান।

এই সবুজের মাঠ ছিল না তো
ছিল সবখানে কাঁটা,
শকুনের কাছে বন্দী ছিল-এ
নগর শহর গাঁটা।

মায়ের বুকের পাতাল থেকেই
তুলে আনা ভালোবাসা
কেউতো পারেনি কেড়ে নিতে মোর
মায়ের মুখের ভাষা।

মায়ের বোনের ভায়ের প্রেমের
নাড়ি ছেড়া এই টান
রক্ত দিয়েই আমরা এনেছি
মুক্তির আসমান।

বাবার বুকের গন্ধ মেখেছি
ভালোবাসা যার নাম
মায়ের ভাষার মান বাঁচাতেই
জীবন দিয়েছি দাম।

আজকে আমরা বিশ্বের বুকে
মাথাটা তুলতে পারি,
আমাদের আছে একটি মহান
একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি।


দেশে দেশে বাংলা ভাষার নাম

পৃথ্বিশ চক্রবত্র্তী

আমার ছিল মনে একটি
মস্ত বড় আশা
বাংলা ভাষা-ভাষির কাছে
বাংলাই হবে খাসা।
কেউ হবে না কখন কোন
অন্য ভাষায় ব্রতী;
বাংলা ভাষায় বেড়ে উঠবে
শিশু কোমল মতি।

বাংলা ভাষা নিয়ে ছিল
আমার বড় আশা
বাংলাদেশে বাংলাই শুধু
পাবে ভালোবাসা।
উচ্চ আদালতে পাব
বাংলা ভাষার দেখা;
আসল সংবিধানটাও হবে
বাংলা ভাষায় লেখা।

বাংলা ভাষা নিয়ে আমার
মস্ত বড় আশা
বাংলা ভাষা হতো যদি
আন্তর্জাতিক ভাষা।
ইংরেজিটার থাকত না আর
বিশ্বে কোন দাম;
জপতো সবাই দেশে দেশে
বাংলা ভাষার নাম।

একুশ মানে

উত্তম কুমার বিশ্বাস

একুশ মানে বুকের মাঝে
ভাই হারানোর ব্যথা,
রক্ত দিয়ে লিখে রাখা
বাংলা ভাষার কথা।
একুশ মানে সালাম বরকত
রফিক শফিক নাম,
নিজের জীবন বিলিয়ে যারা
দিলো ভাষার দাম।
একুশ মানে শহীদ মিনার
প্রভাত ফেরির গান
ফুলের মালা সবার হাতে
উদ্বেলিত প্রাণ।
একুশ মানে একাত্তরে
মুক্তি সেনার বেশ,
রক্ত নদী পেরিয়ে পাওয়া
স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশ।

আসে একুশ

এ. কে. আজাদ

আসে একুশ প্রতিবছর
স্মৃতিগাথা নিয়ে,
শহীদ ভাইয়ের ত্যাগের কথা
ভাবি হৃদয় দিয়ে।
আসে একুশ গাছে গাছে
আনে ফুলের রাশি,
ছড়ায় মধুর হাসি।
আসে একুশ ব্যথার স্মৃতি
জাগে মানসপটে,
শহীদ হলো সেদিন যারা_
ধন্য তারা বটে।
আসে একুশ যায় একুশ
অনেক থাকে কথা,
আত্মত্যাগের মহান স্মৃতি
জাগায় পেলবতা।

আমার একুশ

মো. উজ্জলুর রহমান শিমুল

একুশ আমার অহঙ্কার
একুশ আমার আশা
একুশ নিয়ে লিখেছিলাম
মায়ের ভালোবাসা।

একুশ আমার চেতনা
একুশ আমার প্রাণ
একুশ আমায় দিয়েছে
মায়ের ভাষার মান।

একুশ আমার রক্তে ভেজা
একুশ মেশিনগান
একুশ মানে রাজপথে
ভাষার সেস্নাগান।

একুশ আমার মায়ের ভাষা
একুশ আমার সুখ
একুশ আমায় দিয়েছে
মায়ের একটি মুখ।

একুশ আমার মুক্ত স্বাধীন
একুশ আমার স্বাধিকার
একুশ আমায় দিয়েছে
কথা বলার অধিকার।

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Ekushey February: Rediscovering International Mother Language Day


Ekushey February: Rediscovering  the International Mother Language Day



Amor Ekushey 21 February: International Mother Language Day in Bangladesh

The 21st of February is a date like any other on the calendar. But Ekushey February is much more. True, “the 21st” in literal Bengali translation reads as “ekushey”. However, beyond its numerical value, “ekushey” is not a date, but a phenomenon in our national life. The tremendous power of this phenomenon, its élan vital, is reflected in the ambivalence of its commemoration every year. The formal trappings of the day, designated as “Martyrs Day” and the only holiday when the national flag flies at half mast, is of mourning. The ambience, however, is celebratory. People walk barefoot wearing black badges to the Central Shaheed Minar. The somber monument however, stands proud and flood-lit, flower-bedecked. Brilliant alpona motifs and quotes from Bengali poetry emblazoned on the walls and streets all around the monument create an aesthetic experience far removed from grief. What is this Ekushey February anyway?

Ekushey February is history goes back fifty-five years ago to 1952 when Bengalis, as a nation, were caught up in a struggle against the then state dispensation for the recognition of Bengali as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan. Ironically, the Bengalis constituted more than half of the population of the new state carved out of British India. On 21 February 1952, students held a mass demonstration in Dhaka against the decision to impose Urdu as the only state language of Pakistan. Police opened fire killing and wounding several of the demonstrators. This massacre aggravated the situation and soon shaped a national movement for rights, Constitutional rule and devolution. The rest is history. Ekushey February is also more than history because it shaped our history. Suffice it to say that Ekushey February earned for Bengalis the recognition that they wanted for their mother tongue, and train of events from that day led inexorably to the birth of Bangladesh. Ekushey, therefore, is about remembering and mourning for the martyrs as well as about celebrating the achievements Ekushey brought home.

Ekushey is significant from one other consideration. Unlike other national holidays that are of the state, synonymous with the state, Ekushey was born in defiance, and for 19 years, was commemorated by the Bengali people within an adverse state. Its essence drew from our collective defiance in the face of denial and exclusion, in our aspiration for dignity and assertion of our cultural identity. It has fired the imagination of creative Bengalis over the last five decades and more. Ekushey February has always been a truly non-denominational holiday commemorated across the country by all communities. The Shaheed Minar has tremendous symbolism. Its replicas are as essential components of an educational institution as the classrooms or the faculty building. The power of this symbolism goes back to the raising of a monument on the spot where the first martyr fell on that day and its demolition by the authorities in the dark of the night. The Pakistan forces in occupation during our liberation war had also demolished the memorial to the language martyrs in March 1971, realizing full well the potency of its symbolism in rallying Bengali resistance. The familiar shape of the Shaheed Minar keeps the faith alive and transmits the symbolism across generations.

Ekushey February is a day off from school or work, it is a celebration of our national identity, commemoration of mourning for those who laid down their lives for our language and our heritage; it extols the courage immanent in our people to defy and to take a stand for their rights, and indeed, Ekushey is the beginning of our epic struggle for freedom. All these are true, valid and appropriate. Ekushey is the big bang that has defined the course of our history since.

As I reflect on this, I am reminded of how Ekushey is celebrated our lyrics and poetry. The first poem, written on the spur of the moment by Mahboobul Alam Chowdhury responds to the massacre and vows of avenging the deaths. His poem is a spontaneous expression of resistance. And Alauddin Al-azad wrote when the first monument to the martyrs was raised to the ground. He discovers the power of symbolism in the “smreetir minar” (the memorial column) and does not despair in its demolition; he transfuses its force into each Bengali as living monuments. The Ekushey anthem (amar bhaier rokte rangano…) is a dirge. In this, Ekushey epitomizes all the bloodshed, all the oppression, all the tears and all the resolve a day splattered in the blood of the martyrs and drenched in the tears of their mothers. It also calls on the furies to rise and avenge these deaths. And the plaintive lyrics of “ora amar mukher kotha kaira nite chae” sees in the denial of recognition to Bengali as an effort to snatch away our faculty of speech, through the imposition of an alien tongue. Abu Zafar Obaidullah anoints the martyr as a fallen soldier (“Kumro phule phule nue porechhe lotati…”. There is the pathos and the dignity that we saw in the Ballad of a Soldier.

Indeed, Ekushey February stood us in revolt against an assault on our language. It saw the blood of common citizens spilled by law enforcers of the state. It was both a dirge and defiance a funeral procession and a rebellion. Ekushey was a war made up of battles such as these dirges, defiances, rebellions and resistance and more. Interestingly, most of this Ekushey phenomenon was to unfold in the future. And that is where its living significance rests. We take a brief look at four aspects of this phenomenon.

The political dimension apart, the popular appeal of the language movement lay in the emotive appeal to the common man of ones own mother tongue. This found a brilliant concord with the Dhaka University youth that found a romantic appeal in revolt and defiance. There is something magical in the aspiration to become a Garibaldi or a Khudiram. While the students found in it a cause to fight for, the ground swell of support came from the indignation of the common man at the indignity meted out to his mother tongue. The ethos of Ekushey February translated thus in the United Front’s 21 point programme:

1. Bengali shall be made one of the state languages of Pakistan.

2. Arrangements will be made to impart education through the mother tongue only.

There was unfortunately, one element missing in this. It satisfied the emotive need of the common man, but not perhaps of the need for access to opportunities that would make this meaningful. The demand for “Rashtro bhasha Bangla chai” should have been accompanied by “Shobar jonno shikkha chai”. The second point would have served the need for inclusion better if it read “Arrangements will be made to impart education through the mother tongue only; and education will be provided free to all”. To that extent, an essential (potential) component of the spirit of Ekushey has been lost to us.

At the turn of the last century, we find the political landscape in Bengal take a significant turn with a segment of the Bengali Muslim elite propounding the idea of Bengali Muslims being distinct from the inclusive Bengali nation. There emerged two ideological camps the samannita (Muslims as part of the larger Bengali identity) and the swatantra (Muslim Bengalis as a stand alone distinct community). Elements that went into the creation of the second strain are several. However, the tension between the two has shaped outcomes over the last one century. The first partition of Bengal went to the swatantra while the annulment to the samannita, the Bengal Pact to the samannita, while the separate electoral rolls to the swatantra, and on this latter the second partition of Bengal. The single most distorting gain of the swatantra school came with the partition of India in 1947 and the splitting of Bengal into the two new entities of India and Pakistan. The swatantra found its berth in the Muslim League and the “Muslim” state of Pakistan. Within a few months of the birth of Pakistan came the cultural disillusionment of the Bengali people. Bengali members of the Constituent Assembly were not allowed to speak in their mother tongue. It became apparent that the endemic to the newly created state of Pakistan was an attempt to culturally subjugate the Bengalis. The language movement, beginning as early as 1948, was the reassertion of the inclusive character of our heritage and cultural roots. This rediscovery defined the direction of our history. Ekushey February is the celebration of the non-communal inclusive Bengali spirit. This tide of history saw us through the 1954 elections that routed the Muslim league in Bangladesh, in the celebration of the Tagore centenary in Dhaka despite a ban by the Pakistan Government on Tagore. And again, the foundations of the six points lay in this samannita ideology and construct of the polity. The mass upsurge in 1969, the manifesto for autonomy and the independence movement drew strength and ideological moorings in the spirit of the Ekushey.

It would be seen that the samannita represents a higher and enlightened disposition. The high point of Bengali achievements have invariably resulted from an inclusive ideology. Consider the unmatched creative surge against the partition of Bengal. The outpourings of patriotism in the poetry and music of DL Roy, Tagore and others to this day fire the patriotic zeal of Bengalis. The Bengal Pact was a result of pro-active engagement, not the result of petitioning the Raj, as was the case with the Morley-Minto reforms. This has been the ethos behind the emergence of Bangladesh, from Ekushey February to independent Bangladesh, at least until the tragic events of 15 August 1975.

With the demand for recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages, the leaders of East Bengal also demanded as early as in February 1948 equality for Bengalis in the armed forces and civil administration. We thus see the forging of a political agenda reflecting once again, the people’s aspiration, free of sectarian distortion. Finally, the sustained impact of the language movement compelled the Constituent Assembly to recognize Bengali, along with Urdu, as a state language on 7 May 1954.

The denial of provincial autonomy in the then Pakistan was the natural consequence of the unitary structure of administration in which decisions taken at the central level had to be executed by the bureaucracy responsible to the centre, and naturally the provincial government responsible to the provincial legislature had little say in the matter. At the Central level, the first attempt was made at framing a constitution nearly two years after independence, on 12 March 1949, when the Basic Principles Committee of 25 members was appointed for the purpose. Successive attempts were made by the Committee to frame a constitution without conceding the democratic right of the Bengali people to representation proportionate to the population.

The life of the Provincial Assembly in East Bengal was due to expire in 1953, but it was extended by a year by the Constituent Assembly. Elections to the Provincial Assembly in East Bengal, which took place in March 1954, became a turning point in the history of Pakistan. The non-Muslim League opposition parties, including the Awami Muslim League, formed a United Front under the leadership of A. K. Fazlul Huq, H. S. Suhrawardy and Maulana Bhashani, which approached the electorate with its 21-point manifesto. In fact, the election was a referendum for and against the demand for autonomy. The electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of the United Front and the ruling Muslim League was completely routed with the United Front capturing 95% of the Muslim seats. The Centre was, however, determined to prevent the implementation of the 21-point programme. Seven cabinets were formed in East Pakistan and Governor’s rule was imposed thrice between March 1954 and August 1958. Martial Law was imposed throughout Pakistan on 7 October 1958 and within a short span of time, Ayub Khan emerged as the strong man.

The demand for autonomy of East Pakistan became stronger due to discriminations it endured in different fields, failure to get desired results from elections and the inadequate defence status of the province and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman raised the 6-points charter of demands for autonomy of East Pakistan at a convention of opposition leaders on 5-6 February 1966 in Lahore. The Awami League then started a countrywide campaign for realizing the 6 points. There was unprecedented public backing in support of the 6-points.

Not relating the demand for recognition of the mother tongue to the larger scheme of policy and deliverables of governance referred to above, prompted elements of parochialism. There was a trend to see in the language debate a conflict of Bengali with other languages. There was a rejection of Urdu as also of English. It took us 49 years to see Ekushey in its true global context. It was in essence a resistance against the marginalization of a language, of a culture, of a people. In that it symbolizes the celebration of mother languages and the diversity it provides to the human collective. Ekushey stood against the exclusive recognition of one language and stood for an inclusive recognition of and respect for diversity. The long journey begun by Bengalis in 1948 through 21 February in 1952, reached a global base station on 17 November 1999 in Paris with the decision of the UNESCO General conference to designate the Ekushey February of Bengalis as the International Mother Language Day for every nation.

Even as we pay tribute to the valiant Bhasha shoiniks (those who fought for their language), we celebrate Ekushey February as the phenomenal moment that shaped our destiny. Ekushey February has enriched our aspirations, our ethos, our creativity and ennobled our struggle as a defining achievement for all peoples of the world. Ekushey February does us proud as Bengalis, and as vanguards of diversity, linguistic and otherwise.

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International Mother Language Day 2012: On This Day In History


International Mother Language Day 2012


International Mother Language Day 2012

There is a certain resonance which comes with every observance of International Mother Language Day, known as ‘Ekushey’ in Bangladesh. There are the tales of old we recall every time the season of remembrance comes around. And then there are the dreams we keep building upon the old sacrifices, telling ourselves and our children that on 21 February 1952, it was the cause that mattered. It mattered because it was a nation, proud of its cultural heritage, that was jolted into a new awareness of the struggles that lay ahead.

An assault on language is forever a questioning of the forces of history. Which is why the manifest and decidedly sinister attempt to undermine the Bengali language in the early years of the state of Pakistan was considered, for all the right reasons, a move by an entrenched class of politicians to cause a chasm to grow between the Bengali and his legacy. And so grew the spontaneity of a movement, one which was determined to send the message home to the ruling classes of Pakistan that East Bengal was not to be taken for granted. If in 1948, Bengals could let Pakistan’s founder know that they did not share his view of the language issue, four years later they were ready to offer the supreme sacrifice of dying in defence of their language. When a few brave young men succumbed to the ferocity of the state on 21 February 1952, they only paved the road to a wider dimension of politics for the Bengals. Suddenly the seeds of nationalism seemed to sprout; and the plant would down the years fortify the people of East Bengal in the battle for autonomy. Soon the battle would take the form and shape of a decisive war of national liberation. Between February 1952 and December 1971, the Bengali nation would come of age.

Origins of International Mother Language Day


21st February, 1952: Historic students meeting in front of old arts faculty building (kola bhaban) in Dhaka University

February 21 is International Mother Language Day. The observance is held annually worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Though the first worldwide inception was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999, its history runs deeper and darker than its current state of celebration might indicate.

International Mother Language Day exists because of a battle over the right to speak a language. It originated as Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952. During that year, a number of University of Dhaka students were killed by the Pakistani police and military during Bengali Language Movement protests.

The events that led up to that day started on 21 March, 1948, when the Governor General of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, declared Urdu as the only official language for both West and East Pakistan. The mainly Bengali-speaking people of East Pakistan (which is now Bangladesh) protested against it, starting the Bengali Language Movement. On 21 February, 1952, students in the present day capital city of Dhaka called for a provincial strike. The government declared a limited curfew to try and prevent this. Though the protests were tame and the students unarmed, the Pakistani police fired on them anyway, killing at least four. Four more were killed the following day.

The first anniversary on 21 February, 1953, was observed in the country as Martyrs’ Day. More than 100,000 people assembled at a public meeting held in Armanitola in Dhaka. West Pakistani politicians exacerbated the situation by declaring anyone who wanted Bengali to become an official language to be an “enemy of the state.” February 21st 1954 and 1955 were equally tense and as the movement spread through East Pakistan, the whole province came to a standstill.

The first peaceful observance of Language Movement Day was in 1956. The government had relented during the previous year. On 29 February 1956, Bengali was officially recognized as the second language of Pakistan. The country’s constitution was reworded to say “The state language of Pakistan shall be Urdu and Bengali.” Language Movement Day is thought to have been the start for the independence movement, which eventually resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

The observance spread beyond the young nation. International Mother Language Day has been observed worldwide every year since February 21, 2000. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism. On 16 May, 2009, the General Assembly called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing heritage and history that can date back thousands of years. Every action to promote the dissemination of mother tongues encourages linguistic diversity and multilingual education. Their study also helps to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world, inspiring solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

21 February, 1952: On This Day In History

The state language movement began as a middle class protest. Students and teachers of Dhaka University were at the forefront. And it was only after students gave their life on that fateful day of 21 February 1952 that the movement took on the character of a mass uprising.


21 February,1952: The History of International Mother Language Day

That the middle class should have been the first to speak out against the imposition of Urdu as the only state language of the newly established state of Pakistan was only too natural. This class has always been both sensitive and responsive, and it saw in the threat of Urdu being the state language a very real danger to its hope of advancement, perhaps to its very existence.

Through much pain and labour the Bengali Muslim middle class had acquired some skill in English, and would not, perhaps, have reacted violently if English were to continue as the language of the state for some time to come. But with Urdu attempting to come as a usurper the middle class was alarmed by ominous signs of the imposition of Urdu in different fields of governmental activities. On currency notes and coins as also on postal forms and envelopes Urdu had made its appearance. Non-Bengali immigrants from all over the subcontinent were busy occupying posts in government offices and manufacturing companies. They were setting up trading and business firms and making themselves owners of houses and property left vacant by migrating Hindus.

Even the Bengali language was being intruded into by words and expressions of Urdu and Persian origin. That independence should turn into a new kind of subjugation and the Bengals would be reduced to second class citizens only because they did not speak Urdu was totally unacceptable to the middle class. It came out on the streets to make its protests heard.

But the middle class movement could not have been what it became later, namely, almost a revolutionary uprising against the state, without the participation of the people at large. That participation happened because there was a rising tide of frustration and resentment in East Bengal. Pakistan was made possible mainly because the Bengals had voted for it and they constituted no less than 56 per cent of the population of the new state. They had supported the Pakistan demand not to see one set of foreign occupiers to be replaced by another but in the hope of achieving material advancement. But to their great disappointment, the public found out that the conditions of their life and livelihood were worsening instead of improving. Their resentment vented itself through the language movement.

Language, of course, is dear to everyone’s heart. So it was to the Bengals. Their hope was that independence would not only bring them opportunities for material prosperity, but also create a way for cultural and educational enrichment through a promotion of their mother tongue. In the usurpation of Urdu they found a denial of all opportunities and promises. Quite reasonably, they felt betrayed.

To the man in the street the educated were role models. They took pride in the students. And when the students were being fired upon and killed, the resultant indignation was as deep as it was widespread. The students had been at the forefront of the Pakistan movement and the public looked upon them as natural leaders. Seeing the students at the leadership of the new movement the common man took heart and lent his support as much as he could. Not to speak of the students only, there were leaders like Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. Abul Hashim and the young Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whom people had seen fighting for a common cause and whom they now found thrown into prison because they were demanding that Bengali be made one of the state languages. People were dissatisfied and angry.


A potrait of Language Movement of Bangladesh: 21 February, 1952

Then there was the question of nationalism waiting to be resolved. The class conflict was, of course, very real and important. But for the middle class, and through them for the general public as well, the question of national identity was more immediate and visible. The state language movement proved beyond doubt that the Pakistanis were not a nation in any visible sense, and that language is a more effective and abiding force of unity than religion. The two-nation theory on which Pakistan was based had already been abandoned by, of all persons, Mohammad Ali Jinnah himself in his inaugural address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, three days before the new state came into existence. Pakistan, he famously declared, would be a secular state where, to quote his own words, ‘Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state.’ He admitted that religion does not unite and noted that ‘even as regards Muslims you have Pathans and Punjabis.’ He could, and indeed should, have mentioned the Bengals because they constituted the majority of the citizens of Pakistan and the majority of them were Muslims. However, he did not remember the Bengal. In that same sentence, albeit a bit later, he said, ‘Among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vaisnavas, Khatris, as also Bengals, Madrasis and so on.’ Does that ‘as also’ signify that to his mind the Bengals and Madrasis were all Hindus? There is no way of getting a clarification. Nor do we need quarrel with his placement of Bengals and Madrasis so close together, although Madras, to be sure, was not in Pakistan. But the words of the ‘father of the nation’ are now all part of history and cannot be altered. One can only note that Jinnah’s attitude to the Bengals was not untypical of the rulers against whom the language movement was the first mass outburst.

But what could have brought the Punjabis and the Bengalis together within a single nationalism? Not surely geographical contiguity because East Bengal was separated from West Pakistan by more than a thousand miles of ‘enemy’ territory. Now that the founder of the state had dismissed religion, what remained to act as the unifying force? In hindsight, it seems that Jinnah was depending on language and perhaps that is the reason why he had come out with the fantastic and wholly undemocratic proposition that Urdu and Urdu alone should be the state language of his new nation. Maybe he had, mistakenly, been encouraged by the thought that it was Hindi which was likely to keep India, which he called Hindustan, together as a nation.

These are things of the past. Yet the fact remains that language cuts across class and religious divisions. Our language movement went beyond the middle class to become a people’s revolt against the state, contained within it the spirit of nationalism based on language, gained in strength and ultimately led to the establishment of the sovereign state of Bangladesh. In a way, this has resolved the national question. But the class contradiction remains and has already proved more difficult to resolve than the problem of nationalism.

That this is so is borne out by, among other things, the state of the Bengali language itself in the state of Bangladesh. To be sure, the state has a single state language; but Bengali is yet to become the language of the state. Its use has been denied in the highest courts of justice as also in the fields of higher education. The higher bureaucracy uses English more comfortably than it does Bengali. Even socially, the use of Bengali is less prestigious than that of English.

This downgrading of Bengali is due largely to the attitude and role of the middle class, that very class which once spearheaded the language movement and carried it to its successful and legitimate conclusion. The middle class, however, is not what it was during the Pakistan days. After 1971 it has split itself into two, with one part rising higher and the other pushed downward. The prosperous upper middle class controls both the state and society and prefers, for local as well as global reasons, to cling to English in personal, social and educational spheres. The lower middle class remains under its superior’s cultural and material sway.

The persistent, indeed increasing, class division is responsible for much of our backwardness inasmuch as it helps the exploiters against the exploited and makes exploitation itself the ruling ideology. The use of Bengali can, in its own way, bring the classes together and make us aware of the urgent necessity of the resolution of the problem of class separation.

That the right to the use of the mother tongue is natural and inalienable does not need to be demonstrated. It is the birthright of every individual and its denial signifies both unnaturalness and the hegemony of the powerful over the powerless. Therefore, the meaning of the movement we began in our country goes beyond territorial boundaries. It upholds the fact that in the last resort mother tongue is the space on which a people can stand in togetherness, locate itself, draw sustenance from inside as well as the world outside and, also, stand up against aggression from within and without. Patriotism and progress are promoted and brought together in a harmony by the use of the language one is born into.

The world has been globalized. Globalization is not only contrary to but also works directly against internationalism. Globalization would be happy to see the erasure of cultural diversity. Internationalism, on the other hand, is based on recognition of the rights of nations to exist through retaining their identity.

It is thus that the state language of Bangladesh has become part of both national and international heritage.

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Valentine’s Day 2012: Top Things To Do in Asia


Valentine’s Day 2012: Top Things To Do in Asia


Valentines Day 2012 in Bangladesh

Valentine’s Day might be a western concoction, but people across Asia are certainly not adverse to getting romantic and sentimental on the date. While the majority of celebrations of this nature do take place on  or around February 14, there are other events celebrating the same idea at other times of year. From underwater weddings to the exchange of chocolate dipped sticks, here are some romantic events happening in Asia to celebrate love.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Singapore

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Valentine’s Day 2012 in Thailand

In Thailand Trang Underwater Weddings welcomes couples every year to exchange their vows under the sea from February 10-12. Prices are about 25,000 baht (US$800) per couple and 34 couples have taken the plunge, literally, this year to do the deed. Underwater weddings started in Trang in 1996. It’s also the location of the Largest Underwater Wedding Ceremony – awarded by the Guinness World Records in 2000. In Thailand marriage vows are literally a leap of faith as couples have their ceremony in mid air in these popular ceremonies in Thab Lan National Park, Prachinburi province on February 13-14. Couples swing out from the cliffs to say their “I do” in what is to become the start of a life long adventure. If you missed out on a good smooch last year you could head to Pattaya for this competition running 12-14 February. Couples here aim to break the 46-hour long Guiness World Record. The winners get 200,000 Baht.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Taiwan

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Taiwan on February 14, but there is also a special Valentine’s Day on July 7 of the lunar calendar, based on an ancient Chinese folktale (**). Both dates are equally as important. Many men purchase expensive bouquets of roses and other flowers for their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. For example, one red rose means “an only love,” eleven roses means “a favorite,” ninety-nine roses means “forever,” and one hundred eight roses means “marry me.”

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Korea

The traditional gift of candy takes place in Korea on February 14, but only from females to males. There is another special day for males to give gifts to females and this is celebrated on March 14. Very similar to the custom in Japan, March 14 in Korea is known as “White Day.” On “White Day,” many young men confess their love for the first time to their sweethearts. For those young people who have no particular romantic partners, the Koreans have set aside yet another date…April 14, also known as “Black Day.” On that date, such individuals get together and partake of Jajang noodles, which are black in color, hence the name of the day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in China

China calls Valentine’s Day Qi Qiao Jie. Daughters who are not married pray for a perfect husband. As a romantic day in the year, people exchange chocolate, gifts and sweets.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in India

India is somewhat new in celebrating this holiday. Some people are resistant to Valentine’s Day, as it is a western tradition. Yet others are embracing this as a day to celebrate their love for each other with the exchange of stuffed animals, flowers, cards, candies and jewelry, which is considered the ideal gift for an Indian woman. Wedding proposals are common on this day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Hongkong

In Hong Kong’s financial district couples can have a fast food catered wedding at McDonalds. According to Reuters, The ‘McWeddings’ are decorated with pink balloons, and a wedding cake made of McDonald’s apple pies piled one on top of another. This new service was just started January 2011 and 2 weddings have already been booked. About 70 other couples are considering this venue. For $1,282 they can get golden arches invitations, wedding gifts, decorations with Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar and other acoutrements. You can rent a wedding gown for an additional $165.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Bangladesh

Couples attended different kind of programs to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Especially on the Dhaka University (DU) campus where they were able to express their feelings of love to the opposite sex in an atmosphere of fun, frolic and festivities. The young folks celebrate the Valentines Day across the country, but the day does not have much scope for privacy, as it will witness mainly the youthful, sprightly exuberance centering the most precious feeling of youth … ‘romance’. Adding to the elegance of presenting one’s loved one with a rose are the greetings cards brought out by the famous outlets Archies and Hallmark who are selling cards and gifts items on discount. To mark the day, on the other hand many hotels, cafes and restaurants have offered different types of attractive gifts & dishes for couples.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Australia

The gold miners in Australia who were blushing with new found wealth from the Ballarat mines were willing to pay a princely sum for making elaborate valentines. The merchants in Australia would generally send orders of a thousand pounds at a time to make the Valentines Day grander. The most profligate of valentines were made of a satin cushion and ornately designed with flowers, colored shells, ribbons etc. All this work was kept in a neatly adorned box.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in New Zealand

A very popular way of celebrating Valentine’s Day in New Zealand is by arranging picnics and romantic outings with one’s partner. There are a number of exquisite and beautiful locales for this purpose, like the unique Haulashore Islands or the picturesque hills and vineyards that dot the country. Advance bookings of resorts and holiday cottages, offering scenic views, are made and people indulge in moments of luxury and fine living. Special Valentine packages are also available during this time and people make plans in advance, to grab the best options. On Valentine’s Day, get-togethers and home parties are widely arranged throughout New Zealand. Friends and family members come together to spend some quality time. Every house can be seen bedecked and adorned with beautiful decor, garlands of flowers, red roses, ornamented lovebirds and lovely posters of cupid. Sumptuous meals are prepared, games are played and there is a general environment of merriment and gaiety. As a part of the Valentine celebration, special Helium balloons are also exchanged and the kids have a blast playing with them. There is something very appealing and alluring about the entire festival of Valentine’s Day in New Zealand. Such is the environment here that people of all moods and mindset are automatically drawn to observe it. The unique history and cultural background of the country makes the celebration even more interesting. The festival unifies the entire nation as a single element, as the sole purpose of observing the festival is honoring the exquisite human emotion called love. so, do try to make it your valentine destination this year!

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Duabi/UAE

In Dubai, which has traditionally permitted celebration of Valentine’s Day, the tourism authority has banned the sale of alcohol.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Israel

In Israel, the day of love is known as Av-Tu B’Av, and is celebrated in the latter part of August. Going back to biblical times, girls dressed in white dresses and they would dance in the vineyards where the boys would meet them. Today, Av-Tu B’Av is a popular day to propose marriage and bestow gifts of love to each other.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Japan

Valentine’s Day is only celebrated by women in Japan. Japanese women give men a token gift as an expression of their love on Feb 14. On Mar 14, Called White Day, men return the gift to their partner. This tradition has only been recently started in 1978 by Japan’s National Confection Industry. White chocolate is commonly given, since the day is known as White Day. Although chocolate is the most common gift, cookies, white lingerie, and jewelry are popular gifts also.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Philippines

Mass weddings on Valentine’s Day have become increasingly popular in the Philippines and 2012 is not likely to disappoint. In Palawan city last year 150 couples got married in the rain and planted mangrove trees to a themed event called “Love affairs with Nature”.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Uzbekistan

Well, this is Authorities in Uzbekistan are, apparently, unwilling to give love a chance, with news reports claiming that concerts and other events for Valentine’s Day have been cancelled in the country. Last year, the ‘Turkiston’ newspaper described Valentine’s Day as the work of “forces with evil goals bent on putting an end to national values”.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Pakistan

Many in Pakistan are concerned at the increasing popularity of Valentine’s Day among young affluent teenagers and students. Conservatives see the celebration as an immoral Western idea, which should not allowed to be penetrate Pakistani culture. However young Pakistanis argue that there is nothing wrong with celebrating love, and no threat to the country’s Islamic culture from such a celebration. Some extremist groups threaten violence against those who celebrate Valentine’s Day and it is unclear if the street vendors were arrested or carted off for their own protection.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Malaysia

In Malaysia, officials have warned Muslims against celebrating. The warning follows plans announced last week by several Malaysian states to crack down on “immoral acts” during Valentine’s Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle. The head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which oversees the country’s Islamic policies, told state media, “In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.”

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia have banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Iran

Iran also banned the celebration. Iranian officials say they will take action against those who ignore the ban.

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Valentine’s Day 2012: Top Things To Do in Europe


Valentine’s Day 2012: Top Things To Do in Europe


Valentines Day 2012 in Europe

As you’re already in Europe on your working holiday, you have so many options for a true European Valentine’s Day. The big question is, which country or city is the best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2012. So here’s our most romantic, fun, interactive things to do in Europe. As you’re used from us, it’s off the beaten track.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in UK

Of the various customs popular in England, penning of verses of love affairs and matters of heart is the most fascinating way to honor the Saint patron of love, the immortal St. Valentine. In various parts of the United Kingdom, celebrations take place according to the customs and traditions and as the day approaches, all magazines and tabloids are readying for the day and they publish sonnets and verses to commemorate St Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Germany/Valentine’s Day 2012 in Austria

In some countries like Austria and Germany there has long been a tradition for men to buy their sweethearts flowers on Valentine’s Day. An interesting facet of this tradition is that men have to pay attention to the type of flowers their sweet hearts like- both in terms of color and fragrance. In Germany it has become a kind of must for the lovers, husbands or people who are courting, to give gifts and flowers to their loved ones on Valentines Day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Italy

Italians call Valentine’s Day La Festa Degli Innamorati. Rome is credited with the origination of St. Valentine’s Day. Candies, perfumes, roses, bon bons, and diamonds are traditional gifts as an expression of their love for each other. Baci Perugina chocolates are popular candies given.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in France

In France, they exchange beautiful greeting cards with romantic messages called cartes d’amities. France calls this day La Saint Valentin. Good food and music are an important part of this day in France, with live musicians performing throughout the country. Candies and red roses are popular gifts.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Scotland

Scotland celebrates Valentine’s Day with a dance festival and somtimes weddings would be done at the festival. In yet another Scottish tradition the first female or male that cross each other’s path are each other Valentine’s Day for that day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Spain

In Spain, husbands frequently send their wives bouquets of flowers.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Norway

Norway and Denmark call it Valentinsdag on Feb 14 and give lover’s cards. In Denmark, it is customary to send Snowdrops, which are pressed white flowers to their friends. The men send goekkebrev, a rhyming letter without signing his name, only using dots(one for each letter of his name). This is known as a joking a letter. If the girl guesses the guys name, she gets an easter egg at a later time in the year.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Sweden

Sweden calls this day All Hearts Day – Alla hjärtans dag. This holiday gained popularity through the flower industry. Although it is not an officially recognized holiday, flower and perfumes and cosmetics are so popular, they are only bigger sellers on Mother’s day.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Finland

Finland celebrates this day as Friends Day Ystävänpäivä, which is a day to honor your friends more than lovers.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Romania

Romania has recently added Valentine’s Day to their celebrations, but has received a lot of negativity because many believe it is an imported ‘Western’ commercialized holiday, and it interferes with their traditional holiday of love on Feb 24th, called Dragobete.

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Turkey

Turkey celebrates Sweet Hearts Day called Sevgililer Günü

Valentine’s Day 2012 in Slovenia

The country of Slovenia is one of the newer countries to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In this country, it marks the beginning of Spring. Legend has it that birds marry. In the countryside people start working on the vineyards and celebrate their day of love on March 12.


Valentine’s Day 2012: Top 5 Cities Celebration


1. Valentine’s Day 2012 in Paris: Something different in most romantic city

Whether you like it or not, Paris simply has to be in this list. Many call it the most romantic city in the world. But instead of going for the standard walk on the banks of the river Seine or a dinner in a fancy 3-star Michelin restaurant, you’ll do something totally different (surprise her). How about emerging yourself in true French romance by visiting the Valentine concert of French singer Patrick Fiori at the Olympia Hall (tickets from €40). Oh and don’t forget to book a romantic bed & breakfast or hotel in Paris.

2. Valentine’s Day 2012 in Amsterdam: Icy cold and snowy fun

Doing a sightseeing tour by canal boat while sipping bubbly is pretty romantic. But you can do better than that. As winter kicked in pretty late this year, there is a high probability that some canals will be frozen over. Maybe not in Amsterdam but definitely in the surrounding area. So do a Dutch ice skating tour together (where it’s all about distance and not how fancy you can skate). Then afterwards you can have a hot cocoa with a glass of ‘jenever’ or Jaegermeister to warm up. And together you can watch the people outside playing in the snow from your warm (and affordable) hotel room.

3. Valentine’s Day 2012 in Seville: Southern warmth and fresh tapas

Okay so the two of you aren’t much of a snow or ice fan. Well then heading south is a great idea. Simply go to Seville, the most southern city in Spain. During the day you can catch some sunshine (average high temperature of 17.9 degrees Celsius in February) and check out the amazing architecture. And at night you’ll indulge in the delicious tapas that are available from the many bars ad restaurants in the city. And there are some really nice places to stay in Seville.

4. Valentine’s Day 2012 in Oberhausen: Shop in paradise till you drop

Almost every guy knows how incredible difficult it can be to find your girlfriend the perfect gift. A gift that she actually wants and won’t return the next day. Sounds almost like a mission impossible. But there’s a solution. Visit the massive mall Centro in Oberhausen and let her choose. Take a look the shops you can find at Centro, Europe’s biggest shopping centre. After a long day of shopping it’s better to stay at a hotel nearby as you probably will be too tired to go home anyway. Plus it allows you to go back to the shops you missed the next morning.

5. Valentine’s Day 2012 in Copenhagen: Enjoy the colours

Make it a colourful Valentine’s Day in Copenhagen. There’s heaps to do there. From the Winter Gardens at Glyptoteket to dressing up for a night at the Opera. Or simply watch the sun go down. Oh and don’t forget about about the flowers in Tivoli Gardens. Or enjoy a night in in your cosy Danish bed & breakfast.

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Valentine’s Day 2012 : Top 10 SMS Text Messages to show your affection


Valentine’s Day Messages 2012 : Top 10 SMS text messages to show your affection


Valentines Day Messages 2012

1. Love is A Driver

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him, easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.”





2. No Poems, No Fancy Words

alentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“No Poems, No Fancy Words

I just want the world to know that

I Love You

My Princess with all my heart.”


3. O, My Dear Valentine

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

O my Dear Valentine, What’s life? Life is Love. What’s love? Love is kissing. What is kissing? Come here and I show you.”




4. Don’t Wait Until It’s too Late

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“Don’t wait until it’s too late

to tell someone

how much you love

how much you care


when they’re gone

no matter how loud

you shout and cry

they wont hear you anymore.”


5. What I Need to Live

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you.”





Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

CLICK is an acronym that means

C– Can’t live without you

L– Love you

I– I miss you

C– Care about you

K – Kiss from my heart to you

So, whenever you miss the person that you love, you would just need to say CLICK.


7. Love is Like Playing the Piano

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

Love is Like Playing the Piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must not forget the rules and play from your heart”.




8. V is for Valentine

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages


V – Valentine

A – Always be Yours

L – Love at its most extreme

E – Everlasting/Ecstatic Love

N – Never-ending love

T – Together Forever

I – Intelligent and Innocent

N – Natural Ways of Saying I love you

E – Eternity


9. Love is a paper, life is glue

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“Feelings are many but words are few,
clouds are dark but sky is blue;
Love is a paper, life is glue,
every thing is false, only My Love is TRUE.”




10. U r d Beat of My Heart

Valentines Day 2012 Text Messages

“U r d beat of my heart
Love of my soul
I ‘ll never leave U
& never wanna U let go.

U r d beat of my heart
d 1 that make me sing
d 1 who makes me smile
& I never seem to cry.

U r d beat of my heart
d 1 I really love
Don’t let me out of Ur sight
For I’m yours by heart.”

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Valentine’s Day 2012 : Top 10 Crafts to make the day more novel and creative


Valentine’s Day Crafts 2012 : Top 10 crafts to make the day more novel and creative



Valentines Day Crafts 2012

Valentine’s Day 2012 will soon be upon us, so it’s time to start considering what type of Valentines 2012 gifts crafts for her. Valentine’s Day 2012 is a festival for people who are in love express their love to each other with Valentines gifts and actions. Valentines gifts for her are always associated with romance, such as dim lights, a luxurious dinner, sweet music, chocolates, flowers, and perhaps most especially handcrafts.

Although handcraft is always a timeless gift that is sure to be appreciated on Valentine’s Day 2012, you might try Valentine’s day crafts that are something a little more novel and creative for your spouse this year in order to make her happy. Valentine’s Day craft is always pleasing for your gift recipient, and there are several lovely choices suitable for Valentine’s Day. There are handcrafted necklaces with pendants inscribed with “I Love You,” for example. Handcrafted rings that can be adorned with both of your birthstones, as well as your names engraved upon them, will bring a smile to any woman’s face. Here are the top 10 Valentines Day 2012 crafts for her, which may help you choose the perfect Valentines gift for her.

1. Love Heart Makeup Mirror

This mirror is designed in the shape of a heart. Red and heart shape are a perfect combination, which could show your love to her. The stand could make this mirror more convenient. This love heart makeup mirror can be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift and will perfect her home decor.

2. Rose Wall Clock

It’s always springtime when you track your day on this delightful bouquet of a wall clock. Pretty pink blossoms and rosebuds radiate from a large central bloom with hour and minute hands. Makes an impressive and so-very-pretty way to dress up her wall.

3. Red In Ear Headphones

The shining colors make it a Valentines gift for your beloved ones. When you two put one headphone into your ear and listen to the same music, how romantic is!

4. Hello Kitty Pillow Pet

A Hello Kitty Pillow Pet makes a great gift for anyone who loves Hello Kitty, especially girls who love these kinds of lovely items. A Hello Kitty Pillow Pet will be a good friend and accompany girls when they are reading, sleeping or watching TV.

5. Limited 521 Metal Cartoon Spring Watches

This pair of watches is a limited edition of 7777 sets. You can give your beloved ones a piece to show your love and tell her that everyday is valentine’s day with her. Though small, it is quite, exact, eco-friendly.

6. Pink Ribbon Charm Bracelet for Her

It is actually quite easy to find an valentines gift for her that is thoughtful and will show just how well you know the recipient. The bracelet is the best way to preserve special memories in a piece of jewelry that your loved one will be able to wear for years to come.

7. A Pair of Cat and Fish Bone Necklace for Valentines Gift

Two necklaces are sold together. One is designed with a cat pendant, the other with a fish bone pendant. The necklaces want to show that cat can’t live without fish. You can’t live without her. She is very important to you.

8. Notebook Pendant Necklace For Valentine’s Day

The pendant of this necklace is a mini-notebook. You could write your love and care to her inside this notebook and send it together with this notebook pendant necklace. Whenever she wears this necklace, your words and love will accompany her.

9. Let All That You Do Be Done In Love Necklace

An elegant heart and plate written with ¡®Let All That You Do Be Done In Love’ make this necklace a perfect Valentine’s jewelry piece. This necklace will complete her attire any time she wears it.

10. Message In A Bottle Necklace

Do you have some words to say? And unfortunately you are not so brave? This Message in A Bottle Necklace could do that for you. Just write the words you want to say to her and put it in this mini glass bottle. She could feel your love.

Try out these Valentines Day 2012 gifts crafts and enhance relationship with your beloved ones. Just enjoy romance around and feel beautiful inside, with your beloved ones.

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