Dhaka – Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr, the largest religious festivals for Muslims, on Wednesday after a national committee revised its earlier decision to celebrate the day for Thursday, officials said.
The National Moon Sighting Committee headed by State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah initially decided on Tuesday evening that Eid will be celebrated on Thursday as the moon of the Arabic month of Shawwal was not seen any part of the country.
But hours later, the committee in its second meeting, revised the previous decision based on information that the moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday night.
Abdullah came up with the announcement around 11:00pm. The decision created confusion among many Muslims as they were prepared for yet another fasting after the evening decision.
He said the committee revised the decision as they later got information about sighting of the moon.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already left major Bangladeshi cities to celebrate the festival with their family at their respective ancestral homes.
The government, however, took all out preparations to arrange the Eid congregations. Security has also been beefed up in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country for a fearless celebration.
The main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid is expected to join the congregation.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day. The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.