Lord Buddha was born on this day of full moon in 563BC, attained enlightenment and passed away on the same day.
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, is being celebrated today amid festivity and different programs in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
Like elsewhere in the world, the Buddhist community in Bangladesh, has chalked out different programs, including colorful processions, puja, sanghadan, discussions and cultural functions, to mark the day in a befitting manner.
On the occasion of the Buddha Purnima, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages and greeted the members of the Buddhist community as well as the countrymen, reports BSS.
Besides, leaders of different political and socio-cultural organisations also greeted the people of the Buddhist community on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
The day is a public holiday. On the occasion, newspapers publish different articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television (BTV) and private TV channels broadcast special programs highlighting the significance of the day.
The celebrations will start with lighting of lamps and hoisting of the national and religious flags atop the Mohabihar and chanting of sacred verses from Tripitaka.
The Buddhist devotees will offer various gift items, including fruits, flowers and candles, to statues of Lord Buddha throughout the day.