The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhaj month of the Hijri calendar
The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Monday with due solemnity and religious fervor.
The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhaj month of the Hijri calendar. On this day, some 4,500 years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS), who willingly submitted tothe will of his father to please Allah. But the Almighty in His benign mercyspared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, Muslims across the country willoffer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of AlmightyAllah. They will offer munajat seeking divine blessings for the peace, progressand prosperity of the country as well as welfare of Muslims around the world.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
President Abdul Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with cross sections ofpeople, including eminent citizens and diplomats, at his official Bangabhaban residence at 10:30am on Monday, Bangabhaban sources said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also exchange greetings with crosssections of people, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreigndiplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence from 10am to 11am.
The premier will exchange Eid greetings with judges, the cabinetsecretary,and the chiefs of the three services, foreign diplomats, seniorsecretaries, secretaries and other civil and military officials from 11am atthe same venue.
The main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah near the High Court Bhaban in Dhaka at 8am, said Islamic Foundation.
President Abdul Hamid will perform his Eid prayers there.
Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Hafez Mufti Mawlana Mizanur Rahman will lead the main Eid congregation.
Meanwhile, separate arrangements are also underway at the National Eidgah for women to say their Eid prayers.
Eid congregations will be held at 582 spots in the capital. Of the total, 312 Eid jamaats, including the main Eid congregation, will be heldunder the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while the rest of the 270 Eid congregations will be held under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
A total of five Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram mosque, the first jamaat at 7am, second at 8am, third at 9am, fourth at 10am and the last one at 10:45am respectively.
Organizers said adequate water supply and security arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukarram mosque to facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.
One Eid congregation will be held at the south plaza of the Sangsad Bhaban at 7:30am. Two Eid congregations will be held at the Dhaka University central mosque Mosjidul Jamiah — the first one at 8am and the second one at 9am.
Eid Jamaats will also be held at the Salimullah Muslim Hall field, Dr Muhammad
Shahidullah Hall lawn, Uttar Nilkhet premises and Baitus Salam Jam-e-mosque of Giasuddin Ahmed Residential Area.
Eid congregation will also be held at Masjid-e-Baitul Haram at Lalmatia.
Besides, like in previous years, the largest Eid congregation will be held at the Sholakia field in Kishoreganj at 8:30am.
Adequate security measures have been taken for peaceful and smooth celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Azha. Law enforcement agencies have also been asked to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on highways, waterways and train routes.
Railway stations, bus and launch terminals were overcrowded for the last few days as homegoers headed to their desired destinations. Makeshift cattle markets in the city and elsewhere have been witnessing a last minute rush of buyers for sacrificial animals.
Special arrangement has been made by public and private transport companies including Bangladesh Railway, BRTC, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to ensure smooth travels of the huge number of homebound people.
State-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar, along with other television channels and radio stations,will broadcast special programs on
occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Important public and private buildings will be illuminated in the capital and other cities. The national flag and banner, with the inscription of words "Eid Mubarak", will be hoisted at public and private buildings and different important points in the capital and other cities across the country.
On the day, improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.
The government earlier declared three-day public holiday on the occasion.