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 fervour, reports BSS.
The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah.
But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, the Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah. They will offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.
President Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with the cross sections of people, including eminent citizens and diplomats at his official Bangabhaban residence at 10:30am tomorrow.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will also exchange greetings with the people from all walks of life, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence 10:00am to 11:00am on the day.
She will also exchange Eid greetings with judges, the cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, foreign diplomats, senior secretaries, secretaries and other civil and military officials from 11:00am at the same venue.
The main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah near the High Court Bhaban in Dhaka at 8:00am, said Islamic Foundation.
President M Abdul Hamid will say his Eid prayers there.
Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Hafez Mufti Maulana Mizanur Rahman will lead the main Eid congregation at the Eidgah.
Separate arrangement is also underway at the National Eidgah for women to say their Eid prayers.
The Eid congregations will be held at 582 spots in the capital. Of the total, 312 Eid Jamaats, including the main Eid congregation, will be held under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while the rest 270 congregations will be held under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
A total of five Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, the first jamaat at 7:00am, second at 8:00am, third at 9:00am, fourth at 10:00am and the last one at 10:45am respectively.
Organisers said adequate water supply and security arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukaram National Mosque to facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.
One Eid congregation will be held at the south plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (parliament building) at 7.30am. Two Eid congregations will be held at the Dhaka University central mosque Mosjidul Jamiah -- the first one at 8:00am and the second one at 9:00am.
Eid Jamaat will be held on 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 the previous years, the largest Eid congregation will be held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj at 8:30am.
Adequate security measures have been taken for peaceful and smooth celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Azha. The law enforcement agencies were also asked to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on highways, waterways and train routes.
Railway stations, bus and launch terminals were seen overcrowded for the last few days as home-goers are heading for their desired destinations.
Makeshift cattle markets in the city as elsewhere have been witnessing a rush of buyers for sacrificial animals.
Special arrangement has been made by the public private transport companies including Bangladesh Railway, BRTC, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) for smooth travelling of the huge number of homebound people.
State-run Bangladesh Television, BTV and Bangladesh Betar and other TV channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.
Important public and private buildings will be illuminated in the capital and other cities. 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 patients at government hospitals and inmates of prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centres.
The government earlier declared a three-day public holiday on the occasion.