Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country with due festivity and religious fervour tomorrow (Saturday).
Devotees will offer prayers and sacrificial animals in the name of Almighty Allah, seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country and its people as well as the welfare of the Muslim Ummah.Unlike other years, Eid congregations are not likely to see a huge gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has ordered strict social distancing in every step of the ritual.
Six jamaats will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 7:00 am, 7:50 am, 8:45 am, 9:35 am, 10:30 am and 11:10 am respectively, said a press release issued by Islamic Foundation.
In Dhaka University, a jamaat will be held at the central mosque at 8:00 am and another at Muhammad Shahidullah Hall mosque the same time.
Besides, Eid jamaats will be held in other parts of the capital under two city corporations.
People of other parts of the country will avail themselves of the opportunity of the congregations as per their local schedules.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.In separate messages, they asked people to enjoy the festivity following health guidelines amid the pandemic.
All public and private offices will remain closed for a couple of days marking the Eid but employees were suggested not to leave work station to check further spread of Covid-19.
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.
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.