DHAKA: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday felicitated the Hindu community in separate messages on the occasion of the Durga Puja.
In his message, President Hamid said the country’s Hindu community has been observing the Durga Puja amid huge enthusiasm and festivity with different rituals since the ancient time.
Durga Puja is not only a religious festival, but also a social one, he added.
Marking Durgotshob, relatives, friends, family members, neighbours irrespective of caste, creed and religion get together and celebrate the festival, the President said, adding “So, it is a universal festival”.
President Hamid said Durga Puja is attached to the traditional heritage and culture of Bangla. “Apart from festivity, Durga Puja plays an important role in creating unity and mutual sympathy among the countrymen,” he said.
Abdul Hamid said communal harmony is universal heritage of the Bengali nation. “We will have to take forward the heritage with our overall advancement,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said that Bangladesh is a safe abode for people irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
She called for celebrating the festival imbued with the motto “Religion for individuals, festival for all”.
“Our constitution ensures equal rights of the people of all faiths, irrespective of caste and creed,” the premier said.
The Prime Minister expressed her hope that the country will be able to implement the ‘Vision 2021’ and ‘Vision 2041’ with collective efforts through maintaining the Bangalee’s thousand-year-old bond of communal harmony.
Marking the Sharadiya Durgotsab, she wished peace, welfare and prosperity for all citizens, including the Hindu community, of the country.