President Abdul Hamid has described Bangladesh as a country of communal harmony and urged all to play their due roles expediting the national development and progress from their respective positions maintaining communal harmony.
In a message, marking the 'Kathin Chibar Dan', a month-long great festival of Buddhist community that began today, President Abdul Hamid said thousand-years-old Buddhist heritage is closely linked with the soil and people of Bangladesh and the ancient Buddhist temples at different places are bearing the bright examples.
He said 'Kathin Chibar Dan' is one of the great festivals of the Buddhist community and the festival makes unity, solidarity and harmony among the Buddhist people through their participation in it.
President Abdul Hamid recalled the contribution of Gautama Buddha and said he propagated the message of equality, friendship, humanity and peace to build a harmonious and peaceful world.
His ideals can play an important role in establishing peace in society, the President added.
"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony," the President said and hoped that the message of peace and harmony of the Buddhist society through celebrating the Kathin Chibar Dan will spread out across the globe.
"I wish the 'Kathin Chibar Dan' festival will bring peace and prosperity among all people," Abdul Hamid said.