Barisal News Desk: Eid-ul-Azha, a major religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country today with due solemnity, spirit of sacrifice and religious fervour.

On this day, the 10th of Zilhajj, an Arabic month, 4,000 years ago, Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to his father’s wish to please the Almighty Allah.

But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead placed a sheep to be sacrificed.

Commemorating the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), Muslims all over the world slaughter animals taking inspiration from the unique examples of sacrifice to please Allah set by two prophets.

The celebration will begin with Eid congregations all over the country followed by sacrifice of cattle heads in the name of Allah.

Met Office in a weather bulletin said light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places across the country.

Meanwhile, millions of people have left the capital and other major cities for their ancestral homes to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.

Newspaper offices would remain closed for three days until September 3.

State-run BTV and private television channels will broadcast special programmes on the occasion of Eid. Newspapers will bring out special supplements on the occasion.
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The national flag will be flown atop government and non-government buildings and roadside poles to mark the festival.

Important public and private buildings would be illuminated in the capital city.

President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader Raushan Ershad and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia greeted the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid.