Dhaka – Muslims across Bangladesh has been celebrating their second largest religious festival with due fanfare and scarifying animals to the satisfaction of the God.
The residents exchange greetings and embrace each other after offering prayers at congregations organized at different mosques and grounds across the country.
They also slaughtered sacrificial animals (cattle) to distribute among the destitute and poor people.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted people on the occasion of eid.
The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim, on this day, some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah.
But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Ismail and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this event, the Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two prophets — Ibrahim and Ismail.
Millions of people left the capital and other major cities to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones in the countryside.
The main congregation of the eid was organized on National Eidgah in Dhaka while the largest congregation was held in Sholakia of Kishoreganj district.
President Abdul Hamid, members of the cabinet, lawmakers, judges, senior civil and military officials offered the prayers at the National Eidgah.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings at her official Ganabhaban official residence in Dhaka.