In sync, students, government employees and politicians across the country stood up, faced the national flag and started singing the national anthem - - Amar Sonar Bangla Ami Tomay Bhalobashi - - in chorus.
Their voices were filled with emotions and their eyes showed an unquantifiable respect for the Liberation War martyrs.
It was the first time the anthem was sung across the country simultaneously as the nation celebrated its 48th Independence Day with renewed vigour to build a prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in singing the national anthem at a rally of children and juveniles at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital.
The PM distributed prizes among the winners of nationwide school competitions held between January 20 and March 15 on correctly singing the national anthem.