The Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, was celebrated with religious fervour amid Covid restrictions in Bangladesh on Friday praying an end to the ongoing Covid crisis and peace and prosperity of Muslim Ummah across the world.
Special prayers were offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of those who died of Covid-19 and early recovery of the Covid patients. They prayed for a world free from Covid-19 soon so that they could lead normal lives again.
The Muslim devotees also prayed for the people of Palestine who were subjected to oppression by Israeli forces.
The religious festival, after a month of fasting, was observed in Bangladesh, like elsewhere in the world, amid the Covid pandemic for the second consecutive year.
Like the previous year after the Covid outbreak in the country, there was almost no outdoor activity this year to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. Muslim devotees said Eid prayers inside the mosques.
The government had earlier asked the devotees 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 the people of the country in separate messages on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
In Dhaka, the main Eid congregation was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. Five congregations took place there between 7:00am and 10:45pm.
The Eid jamaat at historic Azipmpur Dayera Sharif Jame Mosque was held a 10:00am.
Though parks, museums and other amusement centres remained closed due to Covid restrictions, a good number of people were seen crowding at Hatirjheel area in the afternoon to enjoy nature.
As many people could not leave Dhaka for their village homes due to pandemic restrictions, they greeted their near and dear ones virtually and shared their joy with each other.
The national flag was hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day.
The main city streets and road islands were decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.
Television channels and radio stations telecasted special programmes to mark the celebration.
Special diets were 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.
The main Eid jamaat in Chattogram was held at Jamiatul Falah Mosque while the main Eid jamaat in Rajshahi city was held at Hazrat Shah Mokhdum (Rah) Central Jame Masjid.
The main Eid Jamaat in Khulna city was held at Town Hall Jame Masjid while the biggest Eid jamaat in Barishal was held at Charmanai Darbar Sharif.
In Sylhet city, the main jamaat was held at Hazrat Shahjalal (Rah) Shrine Jame Mosque.
Bangladesh on March 8, 2020 reported the first Covid-19 positive cases while the first death was logged ten days later on March 18, 2020.
Until Friday, 7,79,535 people tested positive for Covid-19 and 12,102 of them died in the country.
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