Dhaka – People in Muslim-majority Bangladesh celebrated the largest religious festival, Eid-al-Fitr, Monday amid enthusiasm after a month of fasting.
They greeted each other on the occasion of the day and attended congregations in different parts of the country to offer prayers at mosques and specially arranged prayer grounds amidst tight security.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the people on the occasion of the festival and prayed for peace and prosperity for the Muslim people across the world.
The occasion began with the sighting of the Shawwal moon on Sunday evening with the end of the Arabic month of Ramadan.
The largest Eid congregation was held at Sholakia of Kishoreganj district, where a group of terrorists attacked last year, amid stringent security. Tens of thousands of people turned to the ground to offer the prayers to seek blessings for Bangladesh.
The central Eid congregation was arranged at the National Eidgah in front of the Supreme Court premises in Dhaka. President Abdul Hamid offered prayers at the ground along with a cross section of the people, including cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, members of parliament, high civil and military officials, diplomats of different Muslim countries, political leaders and elite.
Senior Pesh Imam of the national mosque Baitul Mukarram Hafez Maulna Muhammad Mizanur Rahman conducted the main Eid jamaat.
President Hamid exchanged greetings with the devotees at the ground.
A special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and development of the country, welfare of the people and greater unity and integrity of the world Muslims.
Eid congregations were also arranged at different mosques, including at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.
Members of law enforcement agencies, including police and the anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), ensured a foolproof security to the areas around the National Eidgah and all other Eid jamaat venues and their vicinity.
The national flag was hoisted atop government and non-government buildings as part of the celebration. The main city streets and road islands were decorated with the national flags and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ both in Bangla and Arabic.
Different television channels and radio stations have been airing special programmes on the occasion. The government announced a three-day holiday beginning on Saturday to facilitate celebration of the festival.
People in their millions left major cities for their ancestral homes to celebrate the occasion along with their near and dear ones.