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The Buddhist community in Bangladesh has declared that they will forgo parts of their festivities for Probarona Purnima, their second biggest religious festival, and donate the cost of a major event for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have recently arrived in Bangladesh. Community leaders announced this decision at a meeting with senior Awami League leaders recently. Bangladesh United Buddhists’ Forum Chief Convener, Ashokh Barua said: “We will not celebrate the lantern festival this year during Probarona Purnima. The expenditure of the festival will be given to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to aid the refugees.” The Probarona Purnima festival marks the end of Vassa, a three-month retreat. Traditionally, the Buddhists celebrate the day by flying numerous paper lanterns or Fanush, among other rituals. “The government will ensure all kinds of security for the Buddhist community,” said Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport Minister, Obaidul Quader.
(Extracted from www.dhakatribune.com)