Buddha Purnima being observed

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Dhaka, May 15: Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, is being celebrated across Bangladesh on Sunday.

The day is memorable to the Buddhists across the globe as Lord Buddha was born on this day of full moon in 563 BC, attained enlightenment and passed away on the same day.

Law enforcers have taken tight security measures so that the Buddhist community can celebrate their main religious festival Buddha Purnima with enthusiasm.

President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the Buddhist community on the occasion.

President Hamid said, “Buddhist civilization and its culture have been deeply intertwined with the people of Bengal since ancient times. Paharpur and Mainamati Shalban Bihar are its shining examples.”

He urged the members of Buddhist community to celebrate Buddha Purnima maintaining health guidelines to prevent future spread of Covid-19.

The prime minister urged all to work generously to further strengthen the practice and bond of harmony in Bangladesh.

“I hope that by upholding and nurturing the ideals of Gautam Buddha, everyone will play a role in building Bangladesh as a peaceful country,” she said.

Like elsewhere in the world, the Buddhist community in Bangladesh, has chalked out different programmes, including special prayers, colorful processions, puja, sanghadan, discussions and cultural functions, to mark the day in a befitting manner.

Bangladesh Buddhist Federation is arranging a daylong programme at the International Buddhist Monastery at Merul Badda in the capital.  Dharmarajik Buddha Mohabihar at Kamalapur is also celebrating the day through various programmes.

The day is a public holiday.