Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of Hindu community, ended on Saturday with immersion of goddess Durga. The festival was celebrated across the country in a peaceful manner.
With a proud heritage of interfaith harmony, Bangladesh has become synonymous with religious tolerance.
They invite each other to their respective festivals like Eid and Durga Puja.
From time immemorial, members of both Muslim and Hindu communities have always maintained a very peaceful relationship in this country.
Muslims always provide active support and security during Durga Puja festivals. This year’s entirely peaceful Durga Puja is no exception.
It is the religious duty of all Muslims to protect minority communities. So, they respect all people of other religious beliefs and protect their places of worship and assets.
In Bangladesh, by tradition, Hindus and Muslims maintain close ties. They often share their good ideas and values. People of all religious communities are ever ready to resist communal violence.
So, Hindus had never faced any trouble in conducting puja. Love, peace and respect for each other have always prevailed in the country. During times of Muslim prayers, Hindus usually stop playing instruments at the temples as a sign of respect.
To have a heritage of decades of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims is a shining example to entire Bangladesh, even to the whole subcontinent.
It is such a rare experience for people of other countries to see the two communities conducting their rituals beside each other peacefully.
The example of peaceful coexistence has endured the test of time.
Foreigners come here to conduct research work on our social framework, to find out what has helped our two communities to perform their religious rituals so peacefully, in such close proximity.
The religious harmony that we have, may it continue forever in this wonderful land!