Janmashtami, the celebration of Sri Krishna’s birth and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated yesterday in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country with due religious fervour.
The day was a public holiday.
Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, this time all rituals and programmes were arranged inside temples maintaining health guidelines as a decision was taken to cancel all types of processions and rallies marking the festival.
The decision was made recently at a virtual meeting of the district and city units of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami.
“Communal harmony is our great heritage. We will have to keep intact the mutual amity and harmony with united efforts,” the president said in his message.
The prime minister in her message said, “Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of all caste and creed have been living peacefully for ages. Our constitution has guaranteed equal rights for all…,” she said.
The present government is pledge-bound to maintain communal harmony in the country, the prime minister added. The premier wished happiness, peace and welfare for all.
Marking the day, different religious, cultural and social organisations arranged identical programmes across the country. The birth festival of Sri Krishna was celebrated in different districts, including Chittagong, Rajshahi, Jessore, Narayanganj, Pabna, Sherpur, Barguna, Barishal, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Dinajpur, Khulna, Habiganj, Thakurgaon and Netrakona.
National dailies published special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna.
According to mythology, Sri Krishna was born on the eighth day of dark fortnight in the Bangla month of Bhadra. He takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad persons by establishing truth, justice and beauty in the society.