President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Besides, opposition leader in the parliament, Begum Raushan Ershad, also greeted the nation on the eve of the holy Eid-ul Azha festival.
Considering the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the world including Bangladesh, Muslims are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha festival following strict health guidelines.
The festival appeared very unlikely to resemble that of previous years as many countries banned the traditional Eid congregations as part of anti-coronavirus measures.
Bangladeshi authorities urged people to stay in their current abodes, discouraging plans for larger family gatherings at their ancestral homes as part of the desperate measures to prevent Covid-19 spread.
Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many are fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
The government has declared three days of official holiday — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — during the Eid. Government officials and employees have been asked to stay their places of work during the holiday.
Meanwhile, a public notice by the Religious Affairs Ministry said that “Islam encourages performing Eid prayer at Eidgah or open ground. But considering the health safety, worshipers are being instructed to perform prayers at mosques, following social distancing. If necessary, more than one jamaat will be arranged at different time slots.”
“Health guidelines must be followed by the devotees, failing which government authorities and police will take legal action,” according to the public notice.
The mosque management committees must ensure that the guidelines are followed. Failing to ensure adherence may result in legal action against mosque management.
Every year, the city corporations and district administrations organise a central Eid prayer in all the districts of the country.
But this year, government authorities did not make arrangements for prayers on open grounds following the decision.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already instructed not to organise Eid jamaat at Supreme Court premises, the main Eid congregation in the country. Similarly, Eid prayer at South Plaza of the National Parliament will also not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Abdul Hamid will perform Eid prayers in Bangabhaban.
Adequate security measures have been taken for peaceful and smooth celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Azha. Law enforcement agencies were also asked to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on highways, waterways and train routes.