Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Monday with due festivity and religious fervour.
Devotees will offer prayers at Eid congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah, seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country and its people as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.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 will visit the spot on Sunday to observe the Eid preparations.
The ground work of the main congregation at the National Eidgah has been completed. Waterproof shed, sitting place, toilets and ablution facilities are ready for the purpose, said executive engineer of DSCC Zone-1 Dr Mohammad Shafiullah.
Nearly 90,000 to 100,000 Muslim devotees will be able to join the congregation. Besides, special arrangement has been made to facilitate participation of 5,000-6,000 women devotees.
If the main Eid congregation cannot be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan due to rain, it will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, sources said.
President Abdul Hamid, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, ministers, members of parliament and diplomats are expected to take part in the Eid Jamaat at Jatiya Eidgah ground.Two jamaats will be held at Dhaka University central mosque at 8:00am and 9:00am. Besides, a jamaat will be held at the lawn of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall and another in Shahid Giasuddin Ahmad Residential Area at 8:00am.
A large number of law enforcers will be deployed in the capital to ensure five-tier security in and around the capital. DMP sources said.
The largest Eid congregation of the country is expected to be held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj.
Zaker Party is going to organise around 300 Eid jamaats (congregations) across the country, said a press release.
The principal jamaat will take place at Banani Darbar Sharif, the House of Departure of Bishwa Wali. Zaker Party chairman Pirzada Mostafa Amir Faisal will participate in this Eid jamaat. At the same time, another Eid jamaat will be organised in the capital by Dhaka Metro South Zaker Party. All the jamaats will start at 10:00 am.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages to greet the countrymen on the occasion.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of the Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, some 4,501 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 the historic event, Muslims of Bangladesh like their brethren in other parts of the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah.
Ahead of Eid, people, mostly service holders, businessmen and students, leave the capital and divisional and district headquarters for their village homes to celebrate Eid with their parents and relatives.
Dhaka already wore a deserted look as a large number of city residents left the capital to enjoy almost nine days of vacation, including three Eid holidays, starting from Thursday.
However, the homebound people have been subjected to sufferings due to massive tailback on the highways and train schedule collapse and compartment derailment.
As part of the festivity, public establishments and main thoroughfares of the capital have been decorated and illuminated with colourful lights and banners.
On the occasion, state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and private TV and radio channels will broadcast special religious and entertainment programmes. The national dailies have published special supplements.
Improved diets will be served to the inmates at hospitals, jails, government-run children’s correction centres and orphanages across the country.
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 Tuesday.
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 in the morning.