Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims after a month of fasting, was celebrated in the country this year without any outdoor activities to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Devotees, who had to offer their prayers at mosques maintaining social distancing, prayed for an end of spread of coronavirus infection and peace, progress and prosperity of the country and the Muslim Ummah.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, most of the people refrained from going outside and celebrated the festival at home and exchanging Eid greetings using virtual media.
There was almost no festivity in any amusement spots as they remained closed.
The government urged the people to avoid Eidgah or other open places for congregations and offer prayers at mosques following recommended health advice and 13-point directives of religious affairs ministry.
The authorities concerned also urged the Muslim devotees not to hug each other after Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, which is the common scenario of the Eid festival.
The country’s main Eid Jamaat was held at Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque. The main Jamaat in Chattogram was held at Jamiatul Falah Masjid, at Town Jame Masjid in Khulna, at Sadar Upazila Parishad Jame Masjid in Barishal, at Hazrat Shahjalal (Rh) Sharine Mosque in Sylhet, at Hazrat Shah Makhdum (Rh) Central Jame Masjid in Rajshshi and the main jamaat in Mymensingh was held at Eidgah Masjid in the capital, New Age correspondents reported.
President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, in separate statements, greeted the countrymen on the occasion.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia who is in isolation at her Gulshan residence greeted the countrymen through the party secretary general.
BSDS reports: In line with the government directives, there was no Eid jamaat at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises, in the capital.
Besides, the historic Eid jamaat at the Sholakia Maidan in Kishoreganj was also cancelled this year amid the COVID-19 situation.
Five Eid jamaats were held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on the day like every year, from 7:00am followed by other four congregations maintaining the social distancing.
President M Abdul Hamid offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers along with his family members and some senior officials at Bangabhaban Durbar
Hall led by Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban Jame Mosque.
On the occasion, Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and other private TV channels aired special programmes.
Muslims distributed cash and food to the less fortunate ones.
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