Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday for the 2nd time amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted himself to the will of his father to please Allah. But the Almighty in his kind mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed. To commemorate this historic event, Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah. They will offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshon Ershad will issue separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Eid congregations will be held in different Eidgahs and mosques of the country, including the capital.
A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, said Islamic Foundation.
The first Eid Jamaat will be held at 7:00am while the second, third, fourth and fifth one at 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 10:45am respectively.
Adequate water supply and security arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque to facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.
According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the local administration will decide whether the Eid Jamaat will be held in mosque or Eidgah after discussing and coordinating with the public representatives and dignitaries.The ministry at its latest instructions has urged people to refrain from embracing each other and shaking hands after the Eid Jamaat.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar (BB) and other private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes while newspapers will publish special supplements on the occasion.
Improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes, old homes and drug rehabilitation centres in the country.
All the Bangladesh embassies and missions abroad will celebrate holy Eid-ul- Azha.
Special arrangements have been taken to keep the law-and-order situation normal for Eid day celebrations.
The local government division, along with the two city corporations, has taken necessary steps to curb environment pollution due to the blood and wastage of the sacrificial animals in the city.
Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation have urged city dwellers to slaughter the sacrificial animals following due health guidelines.
The two city corporations have taken special arrangements for quick disposal of remaining of the sacrificial animals.
Required number of cleaners from both the city corporations will be engaged in removing the wastage of the animals.
The government earlier declared a three-day public holiday from today on the occasion.