Muslims in all parts of the country celebrated the second largest religious festival holy Eid-ul-Azha with due fervour, festivity and piety and sense of sacrifice.
Animals mostly cows and goats were sacrificed by the rich and middle-class Muslims and meats were distributed among poor and destitute as the Eid teaches sacrifice and fraternity.People of all ages of Muslim community offered Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Eidgahs, mosques, and makeshift prayer venues in the capital and elsewhere across the country, seeking divine blessings, peace and progress of the country and the world at large.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen on the occasion of the holy Eid and exchanged pleasantries with people from different strata of the society.
The main congregation of Eid-ul-Azha was held at the National Eidgah on the Supreme Court premises in the capital at 8:00 am with participation of President Abdul Hamid, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, ministers, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon, lawmakers and eminent civil society members. There was a separate arrangement for women in the National Eidgah.
Five Eid congregations were also held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 10:45am.
A total of 409 Eid congregations were held in the capital under two city corporations. Of those, 230 Eid congregations were held under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 179 under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) took special measures to ensure foolproof security in and around the capital. As part of the measures, 14,000 law enforcers were deployed in all strategic points.Eid congregation was held in all divisional headquarters, district and upazila towns, unions and villages across the country.
The largest Eid congregation of the country was held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj as usual. The second largest congregation was held Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur.
To make the festivity and sacrifice meaningful and inclusive, special meals were served in hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.
President Abdul Hamid exchanged Eid greetings with the people from all walks of life at his official residence Bangabhaban from 10:30 am to 12:00pm on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings with judges, cabinet secretaries, chiefs of three services, secretaries and officials at her official residence Ganabhaban at 11:00am.
Earlier, at 10:00am on the day, she exchanged Eid greetings with other guests.
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.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, public establishments and main thoroughfares of the capital were decorated and illuminated with colourful lights.
State-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as private TV and radios continue to broadcast special religious and entertainment programmes which are expected to continue for week.