Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated tomorrow (Wednesday) across the country with due fervour and religious festivity.
Devotees will offer prayers at Eid congregations across the country and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah, seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity.
In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan near the Supreme Court premises at 8:00am.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sayeed Khokon and DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mian visited the spot on Monday.
The mayor told reporters that the main Eid congregation is scheduled to be held at 8:00am at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, but it will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in case of inclement weather.
President Abdul Hamid, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, ministers, member of parliaments and diplomats are expected to take part in the Eid Jamaat at the Jatiya Eidgah.
Around 14,000 law enforcers will be deployed in the capital to ensure five-tier security in and around the capital, said Asaduzzaman Mian.
As usual, the largest Eid congregation of the country is expected to be held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj.
A total of 409 Eid congregations will be held in the capital under two city corporations. Of those, 230 Eid congregations will be held under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and the rest 179 under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting countrymen on the Eid-ul-Azha.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of the Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah. But the Almighty Allah in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, Muslims of Bangladesh like other parts of the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two great prophets — Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).
Ahead of Eid, people, mostly service holders, businessmen and students, left the capital and divisional and district headquarters for their village homes to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.
Dhaka has already taken an empty look as a large number of city dwellers left the capital to enjoy five-day public holidays, including three-day Eid vacation, starting from Tuesday.
This time, the homebound people are not facing that much sufferings during their journey except some ferry and launch disruptions.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, public establishments and main thoroughfares of the capital will be decorated and illuminated with colourful lights.
The government has taken adequate security measures across the country for the Eid.
On the occasion, state-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as private TV and radios will broadcast special religious and entertainment programmes while national dailies, including the Daily Sun will publish special supplements.
Improved diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government-run children’s correction centres and orphanages across the country.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with the people from all walks of life at his official residence Bangabhaban from 10:30 am to 12:00pm on Wednesday, President’s deputy press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told it to the Daily Sun.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also exchange Eid greetings with judges, cabinet secretary, chiefs of three services, secretaries and officials at her official residence Ganobhaban at 11:00am.
Earlier, at 10:00am on the day, she will exchange Eid greetings with other guests.