Bangladeshi community living in the South Korean city Jeonju celebrated Eid-ul-Azha on Friday.
The celebrations began with Eid congregation in the morning at Abu Bakr Al-Seddiq Masjid at Saemael Geun-go along with the Muslims from other countries of the world.
But, the nature of celebrations was different from that of many other countries of the world as no slaughtering of any animal was done after the Eid prayer.
‘The price of the cow is very high this year. So we, mostly the students, could not afford slaughtering following the guidelines of Islam,’ said Nur Alam, a PhD student at Chonbuk National University and also the president of Abu Baqar Siddique Mosque.
Nur, who stays near the university area with family, said over thirty students at the university collectively purchased a cow and shared it five days before the Eid.
‘I invited many friends at the lunch in my house,’ said Nur adding that their Eid celebrations in Korea was not big like that Bangladesh as the number of people belonging to Muslim community is not over 200 in the Jeonju city.
Shamim Alamgir, another PhD student who also lives with family at the same place, said he had to take an examination following the Eid prayer.
‘It’s not a holiday like in Bangladesh,’ said Shamim adding that all the members of the community, however, tried to spend most of the times together on the Eid day.
‘Muslims from other countries of the world also participated in our Eid celebrations,’ he said.
Shorifuzzaman Sharif, Naser Imran, Anisur Rahman, Abu Hanif, Zubaer Ibna Mannan, Ziaur Rahman and others said the celebrated the Eid with great fun gossiping with friends, playing in the evening and talking with family and friends living in Bangladesh.
Expatriate Bangladeshis living in the other cities in Korea like Seoul, Ansan, Dojang and others said they celebrated Eid and the biggest Eid prayer was held at Seoul Central Mosque in Seoul.