Bangladeshis embracing joy of Eid festival

The largest Muslim festival is back in full swing in Bangladesh with people shaking hands and hugging each other thrice as usual after Eid prayers Saturday morning.

Long lines of Eid worshippers were seen in front of many masjids in the Bangladeshi capital city, including the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

The largest Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country Saturday morning offered special prayers at Eid congregation venues seeking divine blessings, peace, progress and prosperity.

The main Eid congregation in the capital Dhaka was held at the national Eidgah (an open ground for Eid prayers) where Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid and other noted personalities said their prayers.

Hundreds of Eid congregations were held at different areas of the capital city. TV channels telecasting special programs showed Eid celebrations in places outside the capital city.

The country’s largest Eid congregation was held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj district, some 117 km northeast of Dhaka, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims gathered from across the country to offer prayers.

Millions of people have gone to their village homes to be with their near and dear ones, and celebrate the festival.

The national flag of the country was hoisted atop government and non-government offices on the Eid day while the main streets of Dhaka were decorated with flags imprinted with words meaning “blessed festival” or “May you enjoy a blessed festival.”

Special diets were offered in hospitals, government-owned welfare centers and shelter homes for children, socially-handicapped people and the destitute, according to media reports. ■

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