Dhaka – Muslims across Bangladesh celebrated their largest religious festival Eid-al-Fitr Wednesday after the fasting month of Ramadan of lunar calendar.
Thousands of people attended the Eid-congregations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country to offer prayers braving heavy rain. They sought divine blessings for them.
Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset during the Ramadan, considered as a holy month in Islam.
Muslims gather at mosques and prayer venues to perform Eid prayers and greet each other. The festival is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the people in Bangladesh as well as the Muslims across the world on occasion of the Eid-al-Fitr.
The country’s main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah on Bangladesh Supreme Court premises in Dhaka in the morning. President Hamid offered joined the prayers along with hundreds of people from all walks of life at the National Eidgah.
Chief justice, cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, members of parliament, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials also attended the congregation.
The biggest Eid congregation of the country on Sholakia Eidgah Ground in Kishoreganj..
The government has beefed up security measures ahead of the Eid.
The national flag was hoisted at government, semi-government, autonomous and non-government offices and other important establishments. Important traffic islands and light posts in Dhaka city were decorated with miniature national flags and flags inscribed with “Eid Mubarak”.
Designated government offices and other establishments were illuminated marking the day.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and all other private television channels aired special programmes highlighting significant of the day.
Improved diets were served in hospitals, jails, orphanages, safe homes, drug addicts’ treatment centres and other shelter houses all over the country on the day, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
City corporations kept open the children parks, allowing free entry of all visitors.