The holy Eid-ul-Azha, one of the major religious festivals of the Muslims, was celebrated on Wednesday (Jul 21) across the country with due solemnity and religious fervour.
This year's Eid was celebrated amidst fears of coronavirus as the pandemic faded the joy of the festival to a great extent. Muslim devotees celebrated the festival across the country with maintaining health guidelines and social distancing in the wake of the lethal virous.
The main Eid Jamaat was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the city at 7 a.m. followed by second, third and fourth Eid Jammat at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. there respectively. The fifth and last Eid Jammat was held at 10:45 a.m.
President Md. Abdul Hamid offered prayers of Eid-ul-Azha along with his family members and some officials at the Hallway of the Bangabhaban. The head of the state offered his Eid prayers at the Presidential palace with maintaining health rules, including wearing facemask and maintaining social distancing as the traditional Eid prayers in the capital's National Eidgah ground was scrapped in view of Covid-19 outbreak.
The Eid jamaat was held at 8.30 a.m. Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban Jame Mosque Mufti Maulana Saiful Kabir conducted the Eid prayers.
Secretaries concerned to the President Office, only some other key officials and staff attended the Eid prayers.
After the prayers, President Hamid spent his time with his family members at the Presidential palace. But no ceremonial greetings with serving delicious food items, in presence of country's distinguished personalities and foreign diplomats or guests were seen there.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted all Freedom Fighters on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.
Like the previous occasions, the PM sent flowers, fruits and sweetmeats to the war-wounded Freedom Fighters and members of the martyred families at the War-wounded Freedom Fighters' Rehabilitation Centre (Muktijoddha Tower-1) on Gaznavi Road in the capital's Mohammadpur area as a mark of her good wishes for them.
On behalf of the PM, her Assistant Private Secretary-2 Gazi Hafizur Rahman Liku, Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher and Assistant Press Secretary ABM Sarwer-e-Alam Sarker handed over these items to them in the morning.
Eid Jamaat was also held throughout the country with maintaining physical distancing and health protocols set by the government.
The Eid Jamaat of Sholakia Maidan, a hundred-year-old historical Eid congregation, was scrapped this year for likewise the previous year due to Covid-19 outbreak.
In the main Eid Jamaat at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, its senior imam Hafez Mufti Maulana Mohammad and Muazzin of Baitul Mukarram Mosque Mizanur Rahman conducted the prayers.
Special prayers were also held seeking continued peace and development of the nation as well as global peace and for those infected and died from Covid-19.
However, after the Eid prayers, the ever-familiar scene of the devotees shaking hands and hugging each others did not catch the eye this time.
Mayor of Dhaka South Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, top officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Islamic Foundation, Dhaka Metropolitan South Awami League Joint General Secretary Kazi Morshed Hossain Kamal, South City Corporation Secretary Akramuzzaman offered prayers in the first Eid congregation.
Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh expressed his hope that the sacrificial animals' wastes will be removed in the corporation area within the next 24 hours.
Dhaka University Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia also held Eid-ul-Azha Jamaat at 8 am. Senior Imam Khatib of the mosque led the congregation.
At the end of Eid-ul-Azha Jamaat, Muslim devotees sacrificed animals according to their ability in the hope of attaining infinite grace of the Almighty Allah.
Heads of departments and government agencies celebrated Eid-ul-Azha by formulating their respective programs in the light of national programs.
Besides, Eid Jamaat was held at the traditional government Madrasa-e-Alia, Dhaka Mosque and Dhanmondi Eidgah Mosque at 8 a.m.
The first Eid Jamaat was held at Noorani Jame Mosque in Laxmi Bazar at 8 a.m., Mia Saheb Maidan Khanka Sharif Jame Mosque in Laxmi Bazar at 8 a.m. and Baitus Salam Jame Mosque at Lalbagh JN Saha Road at 8:30 a.m. The second Eid Jamaat was held here at 8:30 a.m.
The congregation was held at 8:15 a.m. and the second congregation was also held at 9 a.m.
Two more Eid Jamaats were held at Karwan Bazar Amber Shah Jame Mosque at 7.30 a.m., Islamabad's Chawkbazar Islambagh Bara Mosque at 8 a.m., and 9 a.m. respectively.
Besides, it is known that three Eid congregations were also held at Gausul Azam in Mohakhali mosque.
As per the government directives, concerned authorities after consulting with local administrations, public representatives and dignitaries arranged Eid congregations at mosques, Eidgahs or open places maintaining the health guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Health Services.
According to the notification, carpets were not laid on mosque floors while disinfectant was used at mosques before prayers.
The devotees brought their own prayer mats to the Eidgahs to say prayers. Hand sanitizer or soap and water were kept for washing hands at mosques and Eidgahs before entrench. Social distancing and health protocols were maintained.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change also urged the countrymen to follow hygiene rules during sacrifice and remove wastes of sacrificed animals in a proper way.
The ministry also asked the City Corporations to take special measures to remove the sacrificial animals' wastes from the city streets on Eid day.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader extend Eid greetings to the people and his party leaders and workers at his official residence on Wednesday. He urged the people to abide by the health guidelines and other rules, set by the government saying all must keep in mind that the Eid celebration should not be allowed to turn into sadness.
He said the pandemic has changed the traditional festive mood, but life still goes on according to its rules. Quader called upon all to stand by the distressed and helpless people responding to the call of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud greeted the countrymen on the holy Eid-ul-Azha and prayed that the nation and the world would return to normal life after getting freed from Covid-19 pandemic.
"On this day of holy Eid, I'm praying that Bangladesh and the world as well would be freed from coronavirus. I'm also praying for the welfare and prosperity of the country and the people as well," he said while exchanging views with the media after attending an Eid Jamaat at the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram in the capital.
The government has declared three days official holiday on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday marking the Eid-ul-Azha. The government officials and employees have, however, been asked to stay at their respective work stations during the Eid holidays.
Adequate security measures were taken for peaceful and smooth celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.
State-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as other TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.
On the day, improved diets were served to inmates of the government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.