President Abdul Hamid yesterday called upon citizens irrespective of religion, caste and creed to continue the country's ongoing development trend by exercising their franchise in the December 30 Jatiya Sangsad election.
“Only four days are left of the 11th parliamentary election... I hope that you all irrespective of religion and caste will exercise your voting rights on the day,” the president said while exchanging greetings with the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas Day at Bangabhaban in Dhaka.
President Hamid greeted Christians on the holy occasion, wishing a happy, prosperous and cheerful life in the days to come.
Noting that the country has a long illustrious history of communal harmony, he said, “This communal harmony has an immense contribution to our development and progress.”
Terming Jesus Christ an ambassador and beacon of emancipation, the president said Jesus Christ had preached the sermons of peace in the world as his philosophy was to establish a peaceful society full of love, services, forgiveness, compassion and justice.
“I think the teachings and ideals of Jesus Christ are very rational to establish peace, harmony and unity nation-to-nation of this problematic world,” he added.
President Hamid urged all to work together for building a happy, prosperous and non-communal Bangladesh dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The president and his spouse Rashida Khanam hosted the reception at the president's official residence where a Christmas tree was set up with candles.
Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, dean of diplomatic corp Archbishop George Kocheri, ambassadors, representatives from different foreign missions, distinguished persons of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals joined the reception.
A group of singers performed Christmas carols at the reception.
Later, President Hamid cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community and joined a photo session.