Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the day of birth of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed across the country today as elsewhere in Muslim world with due religious fervour and solemnity.
Prophet Muhammad (SM) was born in Mecca on this day, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of Hijri calendar, 1,441 years ago to preach the message of peace for mankind.
He also passed away on the same day in 632 AD.
Muslims will join special prayers and stage colourful street marches to mark the day. Various religious, socio-political and cultural organisations will also hold elaborate programmes on this occasion.
The day is a public holiday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the countrymen and Muslims across the world on the occasion.
In his message, Hamid said Almighty Allah sent Hazrat Muhammad (SM) to this world as a blessing for the entire mankind.
The overall welfare of mankind could be ensured by following the ideals of Prophet Muhammad (SM), he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, expressed profound respect to the Prophet on the occasion of his birth and death anniversary.
With the advent of the holy Prophet, the entire mankind received guidance filled with welfare, human values and morality, she said.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes while newspapers will publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
Meanwhile, Islamic Foundation began a fortnight-long programme including a book fair at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on this occasion.
The other programmes of the foundation include holding a rally at 10:00am and organising qirat mahfil and hamd-naat competitions for students.
Different mosques, madrasas and various religious organisations in the country will also hold milad mahfil on the occasion.