Saraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, will be celebrated across the country today.
The Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, as it is believed that the goddess wisdom and knowledge was born on this day.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, greeted the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of the Saraswati Puja.
Both the President and Prime Minister pointed out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government's commitment to ensure rights of all people belonging to diverse religions to establish a non-communal and secular smart Bangladesh as part of building a 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
According to the Hindu faith, goddess Saraswati represents power, creativity, and inspiration and presents herself when the weather is pleasant and nature is in its full grandeur.
Depicted as a graceful woman with a crescent moon adorning her brow, she is shown riding a swan or a peacock or is seated on a lotus flower.
On the day of Saraswati Puja, children are traditionally introduced to education and learning and this ritual is called "Hatekhori".
Major Hindu temples, schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor.