Moon sighted, Nation to celebrate Eid Friday...

Dhaka, Saturday   12 June 2021

Moon sighted, Nation to celebrate Eid Friday

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:06 PM, 13 May 2021  

Moon sighted, Nation to celebrate Eid Friday

Moon sighted, Nation to celebrate Eid Friday

Bangladesh will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims tomorrow amid religious fervor and enthusiasm after a month of fasting as the moon of Shawwal sighted this evening.

Earlier, the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh on Wednesday evening. That's why it was decided at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee with Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque Khan was in the chair that Thursday will be the last day of Ramadan and Friday will be the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

This year, Eid will be celebrated in a different scenario without any outdoor program and Eid jamaat at Eidgahs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has urged people to avoid Eidgah or other open places for Eid congregations and offer prayers at local mosques maintaining health guidelines.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs issued an emergency circular recently saying, “Although the Islamic Sharia encourages offering Eid prayer at Eidgah or open places, the devotees are now requested to offer their prayers at nearby mosques due to the Coronavirus situation.”

It also suggested disinfecting mosques before Eid prayers and advised against rolling out carpets on the floors.

The devotees have been urged to bring prayer mats from home. Other than that, arrangements should be made at entrances of the mosques for washing hands, the notification added.

The devotees must wear masks inside mosques and avoid using prayer mats and caps that were stored there.

Children, elderly people, people with physical ailments, and those taking care of the sick should not be allowed to attend jamaats.

Apart from these, the devotees were requested to avoid shaking hands and the customary hugging after the prayers.

With the risk of virus infections, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones at their native homes.

In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at the Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque. Five congregations will take place there, said Islamic Foundation.

The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day. The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.

Television channels and radio stations will telecast special programs.

Special diets will be served in hospitals, jails, government children’s homes, Chhotomoni Nibash, centers for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare centers.

Both the city corporations have no formalities on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr as there is no initiative to hold the Eid jamaat on the open space, according to the officials of the Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporation.

“No Eid congregation will be held on the open field under the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) area due to the Corona pandemic, said the DNCC sources, adding that DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam greeted the city dwellers marking the Eid festival.”