The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be observed on August 22 in Bangladesh as the new moon of the Arabic month of Jilhaj was sighted.
The National Moon Sighting Committee came up with the announcement at a meeting at Islamic Foundation’s office in Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Sunday evening.
Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahman presided over the meeting, said Zilhajj, the final month of the Arabic calendar, will begin on Monday.
Country’s public holidays will start on Aug 21 and end on Aug 23.
Meanwhile, the Eid-ul-Azha, will be celebrated across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 21 (Tuesday) as the moon for the month of Zilhaj was sighted there on Saturday evening.
The Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj to commemorate the true spirit of the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). On this day some 4,000 years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) had offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah.
But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.