Tuesday 21, March 2023

Eid festivities return after two years without pandemic restrictions

News Desk: Eid al-Fitr, (Arabic: “Festival of Breaking Fast”) first of two canonical festivals of Islam. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar (though the Muslim use of a lunar calendar means that it may fall in any season of the year). As in Islam’s other holy festival, Eid al-Adha, it is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer (ṣalāt) at daybreak on its first day. Eid al-Fitr is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited.

In Bangkadesh, Eid-ul-Fitr, is being celebrated today (May 3, 2022) across the country. This is the first Eid celebration without Covid-19 pandemic related restrictions.

Eid jamaat (congregations) were held under public and private initiatives across the country, including in Dhaka.

The country's main Eid jamaat in Dhaka was held at the National Eidgah around 8:30 am. Separate arrangements were made for women at the National Eidgah.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no Eid jamaat were held at the National Eidgah, adjacent to the High Court, in the last two years.

A four-tier security arrangement has been put in place in and around the National Eidgah today. Judges, Cabinet members and diplomats representing Muslim countries offered Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.

President M Abdul Hamid offered Eid prayers, along with his family members and some officials, at Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban in Dhaka, reports says.

The Eid jamaat was held at 9:30 am. Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban Jame Mosque Mufti Maulana Saiful Kabir conducted the Eid prayers.

Besides, Eid jamaat started at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 7 am. Five Eid jamaat were scheduled to be held there till 11:00 am in a span of one hour.


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