Muslims throughout the country celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival, on Monday.
In the morning, devotees thronged Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They sought divine blessings and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country.
A child looks on as people offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers in Dhaka on Monday, Aug 12, 2019. Photo: Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/UNB
Well-off Muslims then sacrificed animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail.
Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj hosted two of the country’s largest Eid congregations like previous years.
In Dhaka, the biggest congregation was held at the National Eidgah where President Abdul Hamid offered his prayers along with people from all walks of life.
Congregations were also held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places in the capital.
Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police, took tight security measures.
Television channels and radio stations aired special programmes on the occasions.
Special diets were served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.