Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh has set an example of religious harmony in the world by celebrating all the religious festivals by all citizens of the country irrespective of their religions.
"Each and every religious festival is celebrated here by everyone like brothers and sisters…we celebrate all the festivals shoulder to shoulder," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said this while visiting Ram Krishna Mission in the city on the occasion of Durga Puja, the largest festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister said the government wanted to build the country with cooperation of all as the people of all faiths had fight for Bangladesh’s independence during the war in 1971 and made the supreme sacrifice.
"People will live here equally enjoying their all the rights irrespective of religion and creed…we all will perform our own religious rituals freely," said the Prime Minister adding that religion is for one, but the festival is for all. "We always maintain that."
Hasina said the main aim of the government is to make the country prosperous where there will be no poverty and hunger. "This was the dream of the Father of the Nation."
She said the independence earned through the supreme sacrifice of millions will never go in vein.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan, Kazi Firoze Rashid MP and Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary also spoke at the programme held at Ramkrishna Mission.
Principal of Ramkrishna Math and Mission Swami Dhrubeshananda delivered the welcome address.