'I urge all of the Buddhist community to celebrate their festival while staying at their respective homes'
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, is set to be celebrated in homes across the country on Wednesday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages greeting the Buddhist community on the occasion, reports UNB.
The president called on the Buddhists to celebrate their holy religious festival at their respective homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I urge all of the Buddhist community to celebrate their festival while staying at their respective homes,” he said in the message.
In her message, the prime minister said Buddhist leaders have a significant role in maintaining communal harmony in the country.
She said the whole world is now in a crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared as a pandemic.
Against the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, Sheikh Hasina urged the Buddhist community to celebrate their largest religious festival while avoiding mass gatherings.
Buddha Purnima marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. On this day in 563 BC, Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Kopilabostu at the foothill of the Himalayas.
He attained supreme enlightenment at the age of 35 and finally departed into “nirvana” at the age of 80 in 483 BC.