Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, is being celebrated amid feasting, family reunions and boisterous festivities across the country on Saturday.
The day’s programs began with offering Eid prayers by millions of Muslims at mosques and eidgahs throughout Bangladesh.
Back from prayers amid rains, they are now visiting friends, relatives, neighbours and ‘Murabbis’ who are the eldest members of the families.
These activities will continue for three days as the entire 3-day period is a public holiday. The three-day celebrations come a month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting.
Before offering the Eid prayers, they gave out charity known as ‘Fitra’. Along with that some people who earn above the certain limit are entitled they gave give 2.5 percent of their income to the needy, which is known as ‘Zakat’ and is obligatory.
As usual, the largest Eid congregation was held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj district at 10 am with thousands of Muslims offering prayers seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the country.
In the capital Dhaka, the main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah near the High Court at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid joined the Eid jamaat.
Besides, five congregations were held at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10am and 11am at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. Eid congregations were also be held in eidgahs, mosques and open spaces across the country.
The national flag was hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings. The main city streets and road islands were decorated with the national flags and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic.
Television channels and radio stations are telecasting special programmes.
Special diet are being served in hospitals, jails, government child families, Chotomoni Nibash, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare centres.
President Abul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia greeted the people on the occasion.