Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Monday as the Shawwal moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Sunday.
The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office in the capital Dhaka on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the Shawwal moon sighting.
“The Shawwal moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky,” Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matior Rahman told reporters after the meeting.
All preparations for holding the Eid congregations have already been completed across the country.
Thousands of people have already left Dhaka for their village homes to celebrate Eid with their loved ones.
The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation will be held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30am.
In case of inclement weather, the main congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 9:00 am.
Five more congregations will be held at the National Mosque at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 10:45 am.
The country’s largest Eid congregation is likely to be held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj at 10:00 am.
On the Eid day, the national flag will be hoisted atop public and private buildings.
Besides, the main thoroughfares and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic. Public buildings will be illuminated on the occasion.
BTV and other television channels, and Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations will air special programmes.
Improved diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government children homes and vagrant welfare centres.
City corporations will remain open the children parks, allowing free entry of all visitors on occasion of Eid.
The day will be observed in Bangladesh missions abroad too in a befitting manner.
A total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year. Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.
Around 254 Eid congregations are scheduled to be held this year at the traditional and temporary venues in the port city of Chittagong under the supervision of Chittagong Central Eid Jamaat Committee (CCEJC) and the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.
The two grand Eid Jammats under the auspices of CCC will be held at Jamiatul Falah Complex Mosque at 8:00am and 8:30 am respectively where the first Jamaat will be conducted by Khatib of the Mosque Mowlana Abu Taleb Mohammad Ala Uddin Al Quadery and the second one will be led by Mowlana Nur Mohammad Sadeque.
The CCEJC has finalized to hold a total of 93 Eid congregations at different venues in the city at a meeting held with Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury in the chair last week.
According to the decision, all 93 the Eid congregations under the CCEJC will be held at 8:00 am and 8-30 am on the day.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages greeting people on the occasion.
In his message, the President said after a month-long siam practice, Eid-ul-Fitr brings messages of pure joy and pleasure for the mankind. “Eid builds the ties of harmony, amity and unity among people of all classes and professions.”
He hoped that the teachings of Eid-ul-Fitr will inspire all in building a prosperous Bangladesh.
In her message, the Prime Minister said, “Eid teaches us about peace, sympathy and brotherhood.”
On the other hand, law enforcement agencies, including police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), have taken additional security measures across the country ahead of Eid to avert any untoward incident.