President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday felicitated Hindu community in separate messages on occasion of Durga Puja.
In his message, President Hamid mentioned the main religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community is the Durga Puja and the Hindu community has been celebrating the puja amid huge enthusiasm and festivity.
Noting that the global pandemic coronavirus has pushed the whole world into an uncertainty and taking tolls on lives, economy, education, health, trade and businesses, employment and lifestyle, the President urged all to celebrate the Durga festival maintaining health guidelines properly.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said that Durga Puja is not only a festival of the Hindu community, rather today it has turned into a universal festival. Destruction of evil spirits and the worship of truth and beauty are the main features of the Durgotshob (Durga festival), she added.
Noting that Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony since ancient times, the premier said, “We celebrate all religious festivals together being imbued with the motto ‘Religion for individuals, festival for all’ in Bangladesh.”
“Our Constitution ensures equal rights of the people of all castes and creeds… Bangladesh is a safe place for all people irrespective of caste, creed and religion,” Sheikh Hasina added.
She urged all to celebrate the Durgotshob maintaining the health guidelines and social distancing in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sheikh Hasina also urged the people to maintain communal harmony being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War to build a hunger and poverty free and happy and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Marking the Sharadiya Durgotsab, the premier wished peace, welfare and prosperity for all citizens, including the Hindu community, of the country.