Followers of different clerics or pirs traditionally follow the Middle Eastern countries in observing the religious events
Muslims of hundreds of villages in several districts of Bangladesh are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday in keeping with their tradition of observing most religious festivals along with Saudi Arabia.
The villages in Barisal, Madaripur, Chittagong, Dinajpur, Satkhira, Lakshmipur, Patuakhali, Tangail and Chandpur, along with a number of other districts, were observing the festival following prayers at the Eid congregations.
The traditional sacrifice of animals, Qurbani, also followed.
Most Muslims in Bangladesh will, however, officially celebrate the Eid on Wednesday.
But followers of different clerics or Pirs in these villages traditionally observe most religious events and festivals, such as the two Eids, Ramadan, Shab-e-Barat, Shab-e-Meraj and Shab-e-Qadr, in keeping with dates followed in Middle Eastern countries every year.
Saudi Arabia and the other Middle Eastern countries are celebrating the Eid on Tuesday in line with moon sightings in the region.
Followers of Pir Maulana Ishaq of Sadra Darbar Sharif in 40 villages in Chandpur started celebrating the Eid on Tuesday.
In Madaripur, around 50,000 people, followers of Shah Sureshwari of Sureshwar Darbar Sharif, at 30 villages in four upazilas celebrated Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday.
The biggest Eid congregation took place on the Charkalikapur Government Primary School grounds at Sadar upazila’s Talluk village at 9am.
In Tangail’s Delduar upazila, more than 50 families at Shashinara village under Lauhati union were observing the second largest religious festival on Tuesday.
Union Chairman Rafikul Islam said they have been celebrating the religious events with Saudi Arabia for the past five years.
More than 50,000 people of 12,000 families in six districts of Barisal division also observed Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday.
The followers of Qadiriyya, Jahangiria and Chistia Tariqa orders offered Eid prayers and sacrificed animals at 80 places in eight upazilas under Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur and Barguna districts.
They mainly follow the pir of Elahabad Sufia Darbar Sharif at Kanchan Nagar and the pir shaheb of Mariachi Darbar Sharif of Chittagong’s Satkania.
In Patuakhali, around 20,000 people, mainly followers of Satkania and Elahabad pirs, in at least 25 villages under Sadar, Kalapara, Golachipa and Baufol upazilas celebrated the Eid on Tuesday.
The main congregation was held at 9:30am at Badarpur Darbar Sharif Jame Mosque in Sadar upazila.
In Satkhira, hundreds of people in a number of villagers at Sadar, Tala and Kaliganj upazilas were celebrating the Eid on Tuesday, reports UNB.
In Lakshmipur, Muslims in at least eight villages under Ramganj, Raipur and Sadar upazilas also celebrated the Eid.
Around 2,000 people from Sadar, Chirirbandar, Parbatipur, Kaharole and Biral upazilas in Dinajpur were observing the festival.
In Chittagong, thousands of people of 30 villages in Satkania, Lohagara, Boalkhali, Chandanaish, and Mirsarai upazilas celebrated the Eid on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the followers of some Muslim sects also celebrated the Eid in some parts of Dhaka along with Saudi Arabia.