Holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow if the moon of Shawwal month is sighted in Bangladesh sky today (Wednesday).
However, Eid will be celebrated on Friday after a month-long fasting if the new crescent moon is not sighted today.The decision will be taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee this evening after reviewing the information of the Shawwal moon sighting.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan will preside over the meeting.
The committee has urged people to inform it over phone and fax if they see the Shawwal moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky.
They can report to the respective upazila nirbahi officers or deputy commissioners as well. The phone numbers are: 9559493, 9555947, 9556407 and 9558337 while the fax numbers are 9563397 and 9555951.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes defying the government’s instructions to stay at their present locations.
There will be no Eid congregation at Eidgah or open grounds this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.Earlier, the government directed the local administration to ensure arrangement of Eid congregation inside mosques.
In a notification, the Ministry of Religion Affairs mentioned that the mosques authorities can arrange the prayers in multiple phases maintaining social distancing and other health guidelines.
All participants have also been asked to avoid hugging each other fearing contact of the coronavirus.
The country’s biggest Eid congregation will also not be held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.