Eid tomorrow if moon sighted today

Staff Correspondent

15 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in Bangladesh tomorrow (Saturday) if the new crescent moon of Shawal month is sighted today.

The national moon-sighting committee will sit at 7:15 pm today to review reports on the sighting of the Shawal moon. The Eid will be celebrated on Sunday if the moon is not sighted on Friday.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to cele brate the very auspicious occasion with their near and dear ones at their village homes.

A three-day public holiday is beginning on Friday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Necessary preparations have been completed across the country, including the capital Dhaka and Sholakia in Kishoreganj to ensure smooth holding of Eid congregations.

The main Eid congregation in the capital will be held at the National Eidgah, adjacent to the premises of the Supreme Court at 8:30 am.

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan visited the Jatiya Eidgah on Thursday. He said around one lakh people, including 5,000 women devotees, will attend the Eid congregation.

“If the weather deteriorates, the main Eid congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 9:00 am,” Sayeed said.

On the other hand, five Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 10:45 am.

The country’s largest Eid congregation will be held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj at 10:00 am where lakhs of Muslims will offer prayers seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the country and the Muslim Ummah.

All necessary preparations have been completed for holding the 191st Eid congregation in Sholakia where Maulana Farid Uddin Masud, chairman of Islahul Muslimin Parishad, is expected to lead the prayer.

Members of law enforcement agencies will remain stationed at various temporary check posts to monitor the largest Eid gathering as every year, throwing a security blanket while for the first time this year, three drone cameras will be deployed in the area to strengthen the vigilance.

Bangladesh Railway will operate two pairs of Solakia special train on Bhoirab-Kishoreganj-Bhoirab and Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh routes on the day for carrying the devotees to and from the Sholakia Eidgha Maidan.

The government took maximum security measures around in Dhaka so that people can spontaneously attend the Eid congregations.

The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day.

The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.

National dailies will bring out supplements on the occasion, while television channels and radio stations will telecast special programmes.

Special diets will be served in hospitals, jails, government children’s families, Choto Moni Nibash’ (residence of infants), centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare centres on the occasion Eid-ul-Fitr.

City corporations will keep open the children parks, allowing free entry of all visitors on the Eid day.

Divisional, district and upazila administrations and local government bodies have taken preparations in their respective areas to observe the Eid-ul-Fitr.

The day will be observed in Bangladesh missions abroad as well with due solemnity and religious fervour.