DHAKA, The holy EidulFitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, was celebrated today across the country braving the heavy rainfall amid due religious fervor and zeal.
Following the end of the holy Ramadan, the month of fasting and abstinence, the very auspicious occasion began with the sighting of the Shawwal moon last night.
Defying heavy rainfall started from last night, Muslims joined the eid congregations this morning and offered EidulFitr prayers at Eidgahs, mosques and makeshift prayer venues in the capital and elsewhere across the country.
During munajats after Eid congregations (jamaats), the Muslims also prayed for divine blessings to help strengthen national unity against all odds and destructive activities, including terrorism and militancy.
EidulFitr is Arabic word meaning festival of breaking of the fast. The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset during the holy Ramadan.
On the Eid day morning, 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. Children not only get new clothes and shoes, but also receive cash gifts called Salami from their elders, relatives and wellwishers.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen as well as the Muslims across the world on occasion of the holy EidulFitr.
The country's main Eid jamaat (congregation) in the capital was held at the National Eidgah on Bangladesh Supreme Court premises at 8.30 in the morning.
President Abdul Hamid offered EidulFitr 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 offered prayers at the main Eid congregation.
Senior Pesh Imam of the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram Hafez Maulna Muhammad Mizanur Rahman conducted the main Eid jamaat.
The biggest Eid congregation of the country on Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj was held at 10 this morning.
Bangladesh Railway operated Solakia special trains on BhoirabKishoreganjBhoirab and MymensinghKishoreganjMymensingh routes on the day for carrying passengers to and from the Sholakia Eidgah Maidan.
In Dhaka, five Eid congregations were held at the Baitul Muqarram National Mosque at 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am and 10.45 am.
Intensified security measures were taken marking the Eid across the country.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the holy EidulFitr.
The national flag was hoisted at government, semigovernment, autonomous and nongovernment 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.
Besides, designated government offices and other establishments were illuminated marking the day of EidulFitr.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and all other private television channels aired special programmes highlighting significant of the event.
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.
City corporations kept open the children parks, allowing free entry of all visitors.
The day was also celebrated in Bangladesh missions abroad amid festivity.
A total of 568 Eid congregations were held in the capital under two city corporations.
Of those, 298 Eid congregations were held under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and the rest 270 Eid congregations under the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
Two Eid congregations were held at the Dhaka University central mosque Masjidul Jamia. The first congregation was held at 8 am and the second one at 9 am.
The Eid congregation was also held at 8 am at the south plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The chief whip and whips of the Jatiya Sangsad, members of the cabinet, lawmakers and employees of the parliament secretariat took part in the Eid congregation along with the local people.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)