For the Muslims in Bangladesh, the divine day of gathering and festivity is Eid. It’s a day showered by joy and jubilation. People is filled with great happiness during this Muslim festival. Eid comes from the word ‘Aada’ which means “returned’. However, some scholars believe that it might also mean ‘practice’ or ‘custom’. The two Eid that is gifted to Muslims are beautiful blessings of Allah which are celebrated twice every year. In Bangladesh, Eid is considered as national holidays.
Firstly, the Muslims are blessed with Eid-ul-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal, the month exactly after Ramadan in the Islamic calendar which comes with the message of optimism, love, fairness and worldwide brotherhood. After observing the strict fasts and taking part in virtuous activities such as bountiful giving throughout Ramadan, the Bangladeshi Muslims embrace this blissful occasion. To bring under the light, during the last few days of Ramadan, before the Eid day, the Muslim families give determined amounts of money to the poor which is known as Zakat, so they just become like the others, who are able to celebrate this festival wholeheartedly. Well, everyone waits with pure exhilaration for Eid day to begin so that Muslim men can go to pray their Eid prayers in the mosques while scrumptious food is cooked at home. The Muslims, all dressed up to the nines, visit their friends and family, and give splendid gifts to their loved ones. This festivity traditionally lasts for three days.
On the other hand, Eid-ul-Adha is another yearly festival for the Muslims that marks the end of Hajj and arrives after ten weeks from Eid-ul-Fitr. It is celebrated in remembrance of the holy sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (RA) and his son Hazrat Ismail (RA) to the order of Allah. Hazrat Ibrahim (RA) was asked to sacrifice his son, his most beloved Ismail, which he agreed to do, without any hesitation. While Shaaitan ”devil” tried to cause hindrance, Ibrahim being blindfolded, was about to sacrifice his son, and he passed the test of his devotion to Allah. However, with Allah’s blessings, his son was perfectly safe and sound. Relating to this beautiful incident and keeping in mind the Islamic values, the Muslims who are financially stable, buy goats, cows etc. to sacrifice them in the name of Allah. Also, it carries opportunities to enjoy and get rid of the monotonous lives for a while. Muslims rejoice it with families and friends and do not forget to exchange gifts. The huge crowd of dressed up people shower into various popular restaurants and parks in Bangladesh.
Eid is a religious and enchanting occasion where Muslims get to thank Allah for His blessings. In Bangladesh, everyone gets the opportunity to rejoice which brings all the members of the society into one platform. It’s an overhaul of our essence, body and psyche that brings about affirmative and positive changes in our personalities. The intention of these festivals is to bring hope and contentment into everyone’s lives including those from whom fate has turned its face.
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