Bangladesh celebrates Buddha Purnima with presidential and ministerial greetings
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Bangladesh celebrates Buddha Purnima with presidential and ministerial greetings

, also known as Vaishakhi Purnima or Day, is the most significant festival for and was celebrated across Bangladesh on May 22.

The event, observed as a public holiday, honors the birth, , and mahaparinirvana of .

Celebrations included lighting , processions, religious discussions, chanting, congregational prayers, , and at monasteries nationwide.

Ananda Mitra Mahathero, abbot of the Sabujbag in Dhaka, expressed prayers for universal and , emphasizing peace and national harmony.

Bangladesh’s President and Prime Minister extended warm greetings to the Buddhist community.

The President highlighted the ’s of equality and friendship, noting their relevance in promoting peace and preventing in today’s world.

He praised Bangladesh’s tradition of communal harmony, where all are celebrated with splendor.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to a non-communal , emphasizing that while religion is personal, festivals are for everyone.

She underscored the importance of following the Buddha’s teachings to combat violence and uphold societal values.

She acknowledged the contributions of Buddhists to Bangladesh’s socio-economic development and called for collective efforts to build a society.

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