EID FESTIVAL (Eid-ul Azha)
Eid-ul Azha (‘Id-ul Adha) also known as Eid al-Kurban or Eid al-Nahr is one of the two main Muslim religious festivals. In Eid-ul Azha (‘Id-ul Adha) also known as Eid al-Kurban or Eid al-Nahr is one of the two main Muslim religious festivals. In Bangladesh it is popularly known as Kurbanir Eid or Bakra Eid. Eid and Azha are Arabic words meaning festival and sacrifice respectively. Eid-ul Azha commemorates the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (A), who had been asked by Almighty Allah to sacrifice his dearest son Hazrat Ismail (A) and with the consent of his son Hazrat Ibrahim (A) arranged everything to implement Allah’s order at a place called Mina near Mokka in year 3800. Allah was satisfied by Hazrat Ibraim’s sincere intent and ordered him to sacrifice an animal in place of his son. Following this event that symbolizeshighest loyalty and submission to Allah Muslims at Mina and all parts of the world sacrifice animals on the day of Eid-ul Azha as a symbol of sacrifice for Him. Animal sacrifice in the name of Allah is a major feature of Eid -ul Azha. From the sacrifice and through the distribution of sacrificial meat to the poor and distressed, one gets a spiritual satisfaction and pleasure, which obtains a socially festive character.
Eid-ul Azha is observed on the 10th of Jil-Hajjh and on this day, who perform the Hajj sacrifice animals on the field of Mina. Like all other Muslims of the world, Muslims of Bangladesh celebrate Eid-ul Azha in an appropriate manner of religious fervour and enthusiasm. New clothes and accessories are bought on the occasion. People, dressed in new clothes, visit houses of neighbours and relatives to exchange greetings and partake of the special foods prepared on the occasion. Sometimes, people of other religions also take part in the celebrations as invited guests. A few days are declared government holidays on the occasion. Many go to their country homes and celebrate the Eid together with relatives. The Eid congregational prayer is held in large mosques and open fields. Radio and television broadcast special programmes and newspapers publish special features highlighting the significance of the occasion
Both Edul Fitr and Ajha are observed on last day of Rajjab and on 10th of Jil-hajjh month as per the Arabic calendar. Both Edul Fitr and Ajha are observed on last day of Rajjab and on 10th of Jil-hajjh month as per the Arabic calendar. There is no coordination between lunar system based Arabic calendar and solar system based Augustine Calendar. Afterevery year Arabic calendar moves 10 days head of the Augustine calendar, that why exact date of celebration is ascertained by the new moon sighting.