Joy and celebrations sweep across the country as Muslims mark Eid-ul-Azha, one of the most auspicious festivals in the Islamic calendar, with social visits, outings, dining and other leisure pursuits.
The festivities began on Wednesday morning after special prayers.
After the prayers, well-off Muslims sacrificed animals commemorating Hazrat Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Hazrat Ismail.
The country’s largest Eid congregation was held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj district. Lakhs of Muslims offered prayers there seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the country.
In the capital, the main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah near the High Court at 8:30am. Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Muhibbullahil Baki Nadvi led the prayer.
President Abdul Hamid offered the Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.
Meanwhile, some 60 lakh people left Dhaka city for their respective village homes to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones, leaving the city in a holiday mood.
Special diet will be served in hospitals, jails, government child families, Chotomoni Nibash, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare
A wide variety of activities and events have been planned for the three=day Eid break with families, friends and visitors.
Many families are flocking to public parks, beaches and tourist spots across the country, while others are busy receiving guests or accepting Eid invitations at home. – UNB
President hosts Eid reception at Bangabhaban
President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged all to reflect the great principles and lessons of Eid-ul-Azha on their thinking and works.
“Patience and tolerance are a must for building a peaceful and tolerant society,” he said.
The President was talking to reporters during a reception marking the holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, at Bangabhaban in the morning.
President Abdul Hamid expressed his hope that the Eid-ul-Azha would further strengthen unity, solidarity and brotherhood of the Muslim Ummah.
“I express my heartiest greetings to the countrymen and all brothers and sisters of Muslim Ummah on this occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha,” he said.
The President wished a happy and prosperous Eid-ul-Azha to all. President Abdul Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanom hosted the reception to the senior government officials, city elite and diplomats.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali, Ministers, including Planning Minister AK Khandaker, Law Minister Barrister Shafiq Ahmed, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruq
Khan and Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Advisers to the Prime Minister and State Ministers joined the reception.
Besides, judges of the Supreme Court, the Chief Election Commissioner, Election commissioners, members of parliament, leaders of different political parties, the chiefs of the three services, editors,
secretaries, vice chancellors of different universities, educationists, recipients of national awards, senior journalists, writers, poets, litterateurs, representatives of the business community, religious personalities, artistes, high civil and military officials joined the reception.
Ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries in Bangladesh and heads of international agencies also attended the reception.
President Abdul Hamid welcomed the guests, exchanged Eid greetings with them and wished them a prosperous life. – UNB