Eid-ul-Azha tomorrowStaff Correspondent
Eid-ul-Azha, commemorating the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), will be celebrated across the country tomorrow (Tuesday) with due solemnity and religious fervour.
On this day, the 10th of Zilhajj, an Arabic month 4,000 years ago, Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to his father’s wish to please Allah.
But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead placed a sheep to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this event, Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals taking inspiration from the unique examples of sacrifice to please Allah shown by two prophets — Hazrat Ibrahim (As) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).
The celebration will begin with Eid congregations across the country followed by sacrifice of cattle in the name of Allah.
Meanwhile, millions of people have left the capital and other major cities to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones in the countryside.
Railway stations were seen over crowded for the last few days as were Bus and Launch terminals while home goers headed for their destinations. Severe traffic congestion on several highway routes caused sufferings for homegoers midway.
Makeshift cattle markets in the city as elsewhere have been witnessing a rush of buyers for sacrificial animals.
A three-day Eid holiday begins today.
Newspaper offices would also remain closed for three days until October 18.
On Thursday, the last working day before the vacation, attendance at government offices was thin.
State-run BTV and private television channels would broadcast special programmes on Eid. Newspapers brought out special supplements on Eid.
Authorities have asked the police and other law enforcement agencies to reinforce security in the capital city and at all sites of Eid congregations.
The national flag would be flown atop government and non-government buildings and roadside poles to mark the festival.
Important public and private buildings would be illuminated in the capital city befitting traditional outdoor illumination.
Two civic bodies in the capital city would hang banners and festoons with the inscription, ‘Eid Mubarak.’
In separate messages, president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and the leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia conveyed Eid greetings to the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world.
The president would host a reception at Bangabhaban on the Eid day to exchange greetings with dignitaries and foreign diplomats.
Sehikh Hasina would exchange Eid greetings with leading people in different walks of life at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the PM.
Khaleda Zia would host a reception to exchange Eid greetings with diplomats and noted citizens at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The capital’s main Eid congregation would be held at the National Eidgah at 8.30am where president Abdul Hamid will offer his Eid prayers.
The authorities said that they had made special arrangement for women and foreign dignitaries and their wives to say Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.
At Baitul Mukarram National Mosque also five congregations would be held at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10am and at 10.45am.
Two city corporations of the capital would arrange over 300 Eid congregations in Dhaka.
Bangladesh’s biggest congregation would be held as usual at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj.
In the capital, two congregations would be held in the Central Mosque of Dhaka University at 8:00am and 9:00am.
Congregations will also be held at DU SM Hall mosque and at Shahidullah Hall Mosque, and Dhupkhola ground at 8:00am, at Mohammadpur Baitul Falah Mosque, Arambagh Eidgah, Pallabi and Naya Paltan Jame Masjid at 7:30am, at Mohamadpur Jame Masjid Eidgah at 7:45am at Babe Rahmat of Dewanbagh Sharif at Arambagh, Arjushah Darbar Sharif at 8:00am.
Poor children would need no tickets to enter children’s parks in the two city corporations on the Eid day.
Outlying city corporations, district administrations and upazila administrations have taken similar programmes to celebrate Eid.
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