The Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in Bangladesh on Friday with religious fervour after a month of fasting amid the nationwide restrictions to contain the Covid outbreak.
As the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh on Wednesday evening, the Eid festival will be celebrated on Friday marking the end of the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan.
The National Moon-Sighting Committee announced it after a meeting that reviewed the information of Shawwal moon sighting on Wednesday evening with state minister for religious affairs Faridul Haque Khan in the chair.
Muslims devotees, like previous year, were asked to say Eid prayers in nearby mosques maintaining the health guidelines and to avoid congregations in open spaces.
President Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted people of the country in separate messages on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported.
The three-day public holiday on the occasion began on Thursday.
Tens of thousands of people have, meanwhile, left Dhaka city ignoring the government restrictions on public movements and infection fear as well to celebrate the festival with their dear and near ones at their village homes.
The Cabinet Division in a circular on May 5 extended the restriction on public movement and overall activities till May 16, asking all government and non-government officials and employees not to leave work stations during the Eid in the Covid situation.
The religious affairs ministry on April 26 issued a notification restricting Eid congregation in open spaces, saying that the decision was made due to the prevailing Covid situation.
The government asked Muslim devotees to avoid Eidgah or other open places for Eid congregations and offer prayers at mosques obeying health guideline—ensuring mandatory use of mask, maintenance of social distancing and use of hand-sanitiser.
‘Although the Islamic sharia encourages offering Eid prayer at Eidgahs or open spaces, the devotees are now requested to offer their prayers at nearby mosques amid the coronavirus situation,’ the notification said, adding that there can be several Eid jamaats, if necessary.
It also suggested disinfecting mosques before the Eid prayers and not rolling out carpets on the floors.
The devotees have been urged to bring prayer mats from their homes. Besides, arrangements should be made at the entrances of the mosques for washing hands, the notification added.
Children, elderly people, people with physical ailments, and those taking care of the sick should not be allowed to attend Eid jamaats.
Apart from these, the devotees were requested to avoid shaking hands and the customary hugging after the prayers, according to the official order.
In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. Five congregations will take place there, beginning from 7am, said Islamic Foundation officials.
The last jamaat at the National Mosque will held at 10:45am.
Eid jamaat at historic Azipmpur Dayera Sharif Jame Mosque will be held a 10:00am, said a release.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day, BSS reported.
The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.
Television channels and radio stations will telecast special programmes.
Special diets will be served in hospitals, jails, government children’s homes, Chhotomoni Nibash, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare centres, according to the BSS report.
Both the city corporations have no formalities on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr as there is no initiative to hold the Eid jamaat on the open space, said officials of the Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations.
Covid-19 killed 31 more people and infect 1,290 infections in the past 24 hours until Thursday 8:00am, raising the death toll to 12,076 and infections to 7,78,687 in the country since the virus was detected on March 8, 2020 .
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