Religious Festivals in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. People from any religion feel free to celebrate their religious festivals with a befitting manner and due honor and fervency. In Bangladesh, we have many religious festivals to observe for strengthening our social relations, deepening our religious beliefs, and upholding our cultural tradition. There is a great appeal for all the festivals not only in our personal life but also is our individual life. Festivals are common to all societies and cultures. With the change of social and economic setup, the nature of festivals also changes. But some festivals are so deeply rooted in the social organism that they continue to entertain from generation to generation.
Widely celebrated festivals for other religious communities are the Durga Puja for the Hindus, Christmas for Christians etc. In our country, the Christians and the Buddhists also observe different religious festivals of their own. The Christmas festival is the main religious festival of the Christians. The festival is the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. It lasts for a single day. On the day special prayers are offered in the churches. Feasts are arranged in houses and gifts are distributed among friends and relatives.
The main festival of the Buddhists is Buddha Purnima or Baisakhi Purnima. The birth of Buddha, his adoption of asceticism, his attainment of ‘nirvana’–all these occurred on the full-moon lunar day. It is the most important and solemn festival of the Buddhists. It is being celebrated in Bangladesh with great splendor for more than one thousand years. In Bangladesh people of different communities live in peace and harmony and they have different religious festivals throughout the year.