Already tired of staying home, maintaining safe distance and wearing masks, men, women and children chose to ignore the threat of getting infected by COVID-19, and they enjoyed the Eid al-Adha festival.
The other side of the Muslim festival is the miseries of some 5 million people fighting serious monsoon floods and Eid was just like any other day to survive the swirling waters.
In capital Dhaka and other major cities, residents were seen mostly without masks and social distancing was a far cry. What is a friendship without being physically close, especially young couples.
Street food stalls were open and one vendor told newsnextbd that after a long time he had good sale. “Its a day out in this corona for the people, especially young ones and thus from the afternoon business started to pick up,” he added.
Asked about the risk of COVID-19 without masks and eating street food, teen-aged Shaila laughed and said at Kalshi in Mirpur area: “We are young. Corona is afraid of us.” Her boyfriend smiled.
Pushed if he agreed with his girlfriend, he nodded in agreement and said they were tired of all the rules for safety against coronavirus.
Among those wearing masks, noticeable has been a shift from regular masks to fashionable ones. Some wore masks made like Bangladesh flags!
The fast-food shops in northern Dhaka had good business too.
Burger King staff had their hands full happily, while others too appeared to be happy.
Many staffs of these food outlets and restaurants have been sacked or sent on leave without pay.
“I am waiting for my restaurant to open as my education and family depends on my earnings,” said Sojib, seated in a tea shop with his friends. He said they were all unemployed now.
The warning of health experts of a spike after the Eid appears to be a real threat after the day-long fun.
TV reports on Saturday showed no festivity in most of the flooded areas of Bangladesh, four weeks into the calamity. Nearly 5 million people have been affected by the deluge that has hit nearly half of this calamity-prone deltaic South Asian country.