Buddha Purnima being celebrated with festive mood

10 May 2017, 4:25:00

Buddha Purnima, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Buddhist community, is being observed with festive mood across the country.

Different Buddhist organisations have chalked out several programmes to observe the day with festive mood.

The day is a public holiday for the people of our country.

Bangladesh Bouddha Sangskritik Parishad will bring out a rally from in front of the National Museum in the city around 8:00am Wednesday on the occasion.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will be present at the programme as the chief guest.

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

In his message, the president said, ‘Gautama Buddha preached for parity and harmony throughout his life to build a peaceful world.’

He also expressed the hope that the Buddhist community will continue their efforts for the country’s development.

Prime minister, in her message, hoped that the Buddha community will play an effective role in building Bangladesh as a humanitarian, peaceful and prosperous country through their knowledge, merits and efficiency after being imbued with Gautama Buddha’s message for equality, friendship and his ideals.

Buddha Purnima marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May.

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.

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