Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow

Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with due religious fervour, solemnity and spirit of sacrifice.
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To commemorate Hazrat Ibrahim's (AS) devotion to almighty Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his dearest son Hazrat Ismail (AS), well-off Muslims will sacrifice animals and share the sacrificial meat with their relatives, neighbours and poor people.
Braving many odds, including struggle for tickets and sufferings caused by Sunday's hartal, hundreds of thousands of people have already left the capital for their village homes to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones.
The last moment rush for home will continue today. The hustling bustling metropolis started showing signs of tranquillity, which would remain for a few more days.
Important public buildings, thoroughfares and road islands of the capital will be decorated with national flags and banners inscribed with 'Eid Mubarak.' Major government buildings will also be illuminated.
The main Eid jamaat (congregation) will be held at National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:00am tomorrow, according to an Islamic Foundation press release. Separate arrangements have been made there for women, diplomats and their spouses.
Five Eid congregations have been arranged at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the morning at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:45.
The public holiday for Eid-ul-Azha begins today. Newspaper offices will also remain closed for three days from today.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave separate messages, greeting the countrymen on this occasion.
In his message, the president called upon all to reflect the spirit of sacrifice of Eid-ul-Azha in their thoughts and deeds for building a peaceful and tolerant society.
Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the unique sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), in the name of Almighty Allah for His satisfaction, would ever remain an example for mankind to follow.
The state-run Bangladesh Betar and BTV and private television and radio channels will air special programmes on the occasion. The national dailies will bring out special supplements today highlighting the significance of the festival.
Special meals will be served at jails, orphanages, vagrant centres and dormitories on the day.
The Shishu Park at Shahbagh will remain open from 3:00pm to 8:00pm tomorrow and 11:00am to 7:00pm for the following three days, said a release of Dhaka City Corporation.
Additional contingents of law enforcers have been deployed at different strategic points to ensure safe celebration of the festival.
-The Daily Star

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