Published:  02:07 AM, 12 August 2019 Last Update: 06:40 AM, 12 August 2019

Eid-ul-Azha celebrations begin

Eid-ul-Azha celebrations begin

Muslims acrossBangladesh are celebrating the Eid-ul-Azha, their second largest religiousfestival, on Monday with the spirit of sacrifice.

In themorning, devotees will throng Eidgahs to offer prayers. They will seek divineblessings, and pray for peace and prosperity of the country.

A massiveoutbreak of dengue across the country and flooding in different districts may dampenthis year’s celebrations to some extent.

Well-offMuslims will then sacrifice animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim'sdevotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved sonIsmail.

SholakiaEidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur will hold thecountry’s biggest Eid congregations.

InDhaka, the biggest congregation will be held at the National Eidgah wherePresident Abdul Hamid is scheduled to offer his prayers along with thousands ofpeople from all walks of life.

Congregationswill also be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places inthe capital.

Lawenforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police, havetaken tight security measures.

Televisionchannels and radio stations will air special programmes on the occasions.Special diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages,centers for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitutewelfare centers.

President,PM greet nation

PresidentAbdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the country's people aswell as Muslims across the world on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.

In hismessage, the President urged people to realize the lesson of Qurbani or sacrifice.“Peace and amity will be established when the teachings of sacrifice arereflected in our personal and social lives,” he said.

ThePresident said he hoped the people would sacrifice animals at designated spotsand work to remove wastes.

In her message, thePrime Minister urged people to be imbued with the teachings of Eid-ul-Azha andparticipate in public welfare activities to build a peaceful, prosperous, andhappy Bangladesh devoid of discriminations.

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