Eid-ul Azha was celebrated across Bangladesh on Monday with due religious fervour and spirit of sacrifice along with fanfare.
After Eid congregations at Eidgahs and mosques across the country amid heightened security, the Muslims sacrificed animals to Allah in emulation of the spirit of sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
They exchanged Eid greetings with friends, neighbours and relatives and distributed meat among them and the needy.
Eid-ul-Azah is celebrated on the 10th of Zil-Hajj according to the Hijri calendar to commemorate the sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) 4,000 years ago.
The country’s main Eid congregation was held at National Eidgah in the capital at 8:00am, where president Abdul Hamid said his Eid prayers along with Supreme Court judges, diplomats, senior civil and military officials and prominent citizens.
The main congregation, where women also offered their Eid prayers, was organised by Dhaka South City Corporation.
The country’s biggest Eid congregations were held at Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shaheed Eidgah Maidan in Dinajpur attended by thousands of devotees.
At all the congregations divine blessings were sought for peace and prosperity of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah. Divine blessings were also sought to get rid of the dengue menace from the country.
Thousands of devotees offered their Eid prayers at five congregations at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque since 7:00am.
Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation organised 582 Eid congregations in the capital.
Eid greetings were exchanged by president Abdul Hamid at a reception he hosted at Bangabhaban.
At a separate reception hosted by her at Ganabhaban, prime minister Sheikh Hasina also exchanged Eid greetings.
Imprisoned Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia passed the Eid day at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka where six of his family members met on the day.
In the port city of Chattogram, the main Eid congregation took place as usual at Jamiatul Falah National Mosque.
The main Eid congregations in the divisional headquarters of Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshshi, Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh were held respectively at Khulna Town Hall Jame Masjid, Shahi Eidgah Maidan, Hazrat Shah Makhdum Central Eidgah, Hemayet Uddin Central Eidgah, Collectorate Eidgah Maidan and Anjuman Eidgah Maidan, according to New Age correspondents.
Important public and private buildings were illuminated in the capital and elsewhere on the occasion.
Newspaper offices remained closed during the vacation but news updates were available online.
All the radio and TV networks ran special programmes.
Eid was, however, celebrated on Sunday by a small number of believers at places in Chattogram and Barisal divisions, New Age correspondents reported.
Millions of people who have left the capital and other major cities for their homes to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones have begun to return to the cities.
The government earlier declared a three-day public holiday, beginning Sunday, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
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