Dhaka – Muslims across Bangladesh will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, one of the largest religious festivals in Islam. Saturday as the moon for Arabic month Shawal has been sighted, officials said on Friday.
Bangladesh’s Islamic Foundation reported the moon of the Shawal month sighted on Friday evening.
People from all walks of life will exchange greetings on the occasion. The main congregation of the Eid-al-Fitr will be held at national Eidgah ground in Dhaka’s Supreme Court premises.
Millions of people who live in the city have already left for their ancestral homes to celebrate the Eid along with their near and dear ones.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted Muslims across the world on the occasion of the Eid-al-Fitr.
In separate messages, they prayed for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country and the Muslim Ummah, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
“Eid-ul-Fitr brings the message of happiness after the month-long fasting and practice of self-restraint. Eid is a joyous occasion for the Muslims. Let the joy spread amongst all and parts of the Bengal,” said Hamid.
The President said people irrespective of their classes and professions living in the big cities return to their loved ones in the villages to develop bond of harmony, amity and unity amongst themselves.
Prime Minister Hasina hoped that the practice of self-purification, restraint, amity and harmony of the Muslims in personal, family, social and state lives would spread everywhere.
“After the month-long self-restraint, Eid-ul-Fitr has brought the message of happiness and I would like to convey my greetings to countrymen and all the people in the world on this occasion,” she said.
The prime minister said Eid teaches peace, sense of fellow feeling and fraternity and help bond equality, friendship and harmony forgetting the hatred and violent activities.
She prayed for continued peace, progress and welfare of the people of the country and of Muslim Ummah.
“Eid-ul-Fitr would bring message of happiness to all, irrespective of rich and poor,” Hasina added.