The country’s Muslims observe Ashura on Sunday with religious veneration through fasting, prayers and rituals.
Ashura commemorates the tragedy in Karbala desert where Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), embraced martyrdom along with his family members and followers on the 10th of Muharram in Hijri 61 (AD 680).
The day is a public holiday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
Shia community members have brought out processions, known as ‘Tajia" in the morning, from Imambara Husaini Dalan in Old Dhaka, with police escort.
Ample security measure have been taken around Imambara Husaini Dalanto ensure smooth observance of the day.
Police have also been deployed on rooftops of some buildings and in some major places in Imambara as well, where the Shia community have gathered to celebrate the day.
Meanwhile, police have banned carrying of lethal weapons like metal weapons, knives, swords and other sharp weapons during the Tajia procession.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels are airing special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.