Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his country would mark the birthday of the Buddha by celebrating the festival of the birthday celebrations of the Hindu deities.
He also said he hoped the Indian government would consider the idea of holding a festival of christianity at the end of this month.
“We will celebrate the birthday in two days in front of the national holiday and the government will announce a plan for it,” Modi said in a tweet.
“Christians, I hope you will be able to join us,” he said, in a follow-up tweet.
The PM has in the past sought to highlight the role of Christianity in India’s economy and society.
In 2014, he said that he had not been able to visit a Christian church because of security reasons.
According to the Hindu, the government is looking into the possibility of holding the festival at the same time as the annual celebrations of Jesus’ birth.