The festival will be observed in Saudi Arabia a day before
Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across Bangladesh on August 22, as the moon for the Islamic month Zilhaj was sighted on Sunday.
The National Moon Sighting Committee came up with the decision in the evening, after a meeting at the Islamic Foundation in the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka, reports BSS.
The meeting was chaired by Religious Affairs Minister and committee Chairman Matior Rahman.
The festival will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries on August 21—as the Zilhaj moon was sighted there on Saturday evening.
Therefore, the Day of Arafat will fall on August 20, reported UNB, citing the Saudi state news agency.
Muslims in many villages in Bangladesh will celebrate Eid on August 21 along with Saudi Arabia, keeping with their tradition of observing religious events with the Middle Eastern country.
Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj of the Hizri calendar to commemorate the true spirit of sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
On this day, some 4,500 years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim had offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS), who willingly submitted to the will of his father, to please Allah. But Allah spared Hazrat Ismail and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate the historic event, Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah.
On Eid day, Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah.