Reported on: August 18, 2012 13:31 PM
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) - Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow (Sunday) if the Shawal moon is sighted today (Saturday).
If the moon is not sighted today, the Eid will be celebrated on Monday ending a month-long fasting.
Thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate Eid with their loved ones as a seven-day public holiday began on Wednesday due to government holidays for National Mourning Day and Shab-e-Quadr apart from weekly holidays.
After a month-long fasting, Muslims across the country will seek divine blessings, peace, progress and prosperity in their Eid congregations.
The main Eid jamaat (congregation) of holy Eid-ul-Fitr will be held at National Eidgah on the city's High Court premises at 8:30 am. In case of inclement weather, the Eid congregation will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 9 am.
All preparations involving Dhaka City Corporation (South), Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Dhaka Divisional Commissioner’s office, Islamic Foundation, Public Works Department and PWD have already been made to hold the main Eid jamaat at the National Eidgah.
The country's biggest Eid congregation will be held at Sholakhia Eidgah in Kishoreganj.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the House Khaleda Zia in their separate messages have greeted the countrymen and the Muslim Ummah across the globe on the occasion.
In his message, the President said after a month-long siam practice Eid-ul-Fitr brings messages of pure joy and pleasure for the mankind. “Eid builds ties of harmony, amity and unity among people of all classes and professions.” He hoped the teachings of Eid-ul-Fitr will inspire all in building a good and prosperous society.
In another message, the Prime Minister said Eid teaches us about peace, sympathy and brotherhood. She called upon all for reflecting the teachings of Eid in all spheres of our personal, social and national life.
The Premier hoped that Eid will bring the message of joy for all irrespective of their economic status. Hasina also prayed for continued development, progress and peace of Bangladesh as well as the Muslim Ummah.
In a separate message, opposition leader Khaleda Zia prayed for happiness, peace, development and progress of the Muslim Ummah, including Bangladesh.
Eid will also be celebrated in Bangladesh missions abroad.
Special diets will be served in hospitals, jails, government-owned children and shelter homes, vagabond welfare centres and shelter homes for the destitute.
Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels and radio stations will broadcast special programmes on the occasion.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government offices on the occasion. Main city streets will be illuminated and decorated with flags.
All children’s parks under Dhaka City Corporation, and Dhaka Museum will remain open for the underprivileged children on the Eid day. Cultural functions, friendly football matches and Eid gatherings of children will also be held across the country.