On a field visit, the devotees were seen standing beside each other in close proximity and embracing each other after the prayers defying the government directives to curb the spread of coronavirus
Thousands of people of at least ten districts of the country are observing Eid-ul-Fitr, in advance, on Sunday, paying homage to the age-old tradition of celebrating the holy day in accordance with Saudi Arabia.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is being celebrated around the world in a sombre manner as the world is following the restrictions of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country on Monday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh on Saturday.
The government urged Muslim devotees to avoid Eidgahs or other open places for Eid congregations and offer prayers at mosques maintaining recommended health advice.
In Chandpur, hundreds of residents of at least 40 villages are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour.
As the few villages in Chandpur celebrate eid every year in accordance with Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries, this year villagers of Hajiganj, Faridganj, Matlab North, Kachua and Sharasti upazilas have decided to celebrate Eid on Sunday, reports UNB.
In Barisal, more than 45,000 people are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday in accordance with Saudi Arabia.
Thousands of people --who have gathered to offer their prayers at eid jamaats held at different places-- claimed that they are the followers of Kaderia, Jahangiria and Chistia Tarika and Pir of Elahabad Sufia Darbarsharif at Kanchan Nagor and Pir Shaheb of Mariachi Darbar Sharif of Satkania under Chittagong district.
In Lalmonirhat, hundreds of residents of the district are celebrating the festivity of Eid-ul-Fitr starting from Sunday morning.
Devotees joining the congregational prayers that took place in different mosques of the district from around 9am in the morning, claimed they have maintained health protocols and social distancing.
However, on a field visit, they were seen standing beside each other in close proximity and embracing each other after the prayers, defying the government directives to curb the spread of coronavirus.
In Dinajpur, hundreds of people of at least two unions of Birampur upazila of the district are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday but no health directives were maintained on the congregational gatherings so far, said multiple sources.
When asked, Birampur police station OC Moniruzzaman Monir, said: “Police were deployed in the area to handle the huge crowd around the mosques.
“Two congregational prayers were held but it was hard to convince people to maintain social distancing,” added the OC.
Hundreds of people from different upazilas of Jhenaidah, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakati and Barguna and Tangail are also celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday in accordance with Saudi Arabia.
Although the disregard for government directives to follow social distancing and health protocols were common among the devotees, that can lead to a huge surge in coronavirus cases in the country, reports our correspondents.